The Los Angeles Dodgers debut for Ricky Nolasco couldn’t have gone better as he limited the Arizona Diamondbacks to just one run over seven innings. For the Dodgers it was the second straight night with a 6-1 victory.
The win brings the Dodgers to within 2.5 games of the first place Diamondbacks and is the first time since April 30th that the Dodgers have come so close to first place. Winners of the last 14 of 17 games, they’re well on their way to tracking down the Diamondbacks.
Nolasco would strike first with the bat in the top half of the second inning with a run scoring single that he lined right in front of Gerardo Parra in right field. The hit would be part of a 2-for-2 night which meant the last five at-bats by Dodgers pitching resulted in a hit.
While on the mound, Nolasco only gave up four hits and didn’t walk anybody on his way to striking out five. Nolasco grew up in Southern California rooting for the Dodgers and now is 1-0 for his hometown team.
Adrian Gonzalez was responsible for three runs scoring with an RBI single that scored two Dodgers and a deep fly to center that should have been caught that plated two runs on an Adam Eaton error.
The story over the last two games has centered on the brawl that occurred back in June in Los Angeles. Zack Greinke made it through without incident last night but Ian Kennedy plunked Hanley Ramirez in the first inning. Ronald Belisario hit Miguel Montero in the ninth to make it a little more interesting.
Kennedy said it was a pitch that slipped and nothing happened since it was a change-up that hit Ramirez. Both sides were warned when Montero was hit in the ninth but neither side was out of hand.
It will be interesting to watch the rest of the season between these two teams especially with Belisario saying things like, “This isn’t over” when asked about the batters being hit. In the midst of a battle for first neither team will want suspensions.
WP: Ricky Nolasco (6-8)
LP: Ian Kennedy (3-5)