The Arizona Diamondbacks found a second wind in Wednesday night’s game and pulled away late eventually canceling champagne showers in the visiting clubhouse. The Los Angeles Dodgers fell 9-4 to prolong the inevitable in winning the division.
Stephen Fife got the call on Wednesday to give more rest to Clayton Kershaw who will pitch this weekend in San Diego. Fife only lasted two and a third innings while surrendering six hits and four earned runs.
The first two runs came from a two-run shot from Paul Goldschmidt after a ten pitch at-bat. It was the seventh time in Goldschmidt’s career that he had an at-bat of ten pitches or more. Three ended in home runs, three ended in walks, and one strikeout.
In the bottom of the third Fife went a little haywire hitting a batter, a wild pitch, a couple hits, and issuing a walk to the opposing pitcher before being lifted with the bases loaded and a 3-0 deficit. Carlos Marmol would get out of the inning but not before walking in a run charged to Fife.
The Dodgers would show signs of life in the top of the fourth with four straight hits to lead off the inning. Yasiel Puig started the inning with a solo shot to center followed by three consecutive singles with the latter, from Adrian Gonzalez, scoring another run to cut the Diamondbacks lead in half.
The sixth inning seemed to be the end of any positive Dodger momentum when a controversial play at the plate didn’t go the Dodgers way. With Michael Young at first, Gonzalez lined a ball in the gap in right-center field. Young was out at the plate trying to score as called by first base umpire Jim Joyce.
Joyce, who is most famous for blowing the perfect game of Armando Galarraga in 2010, blew another call Wednesday as replays showed Young was safe. The play wasn’t close but Joyce was out of position.
Three of the five batters in the inning reached on hits but none scored. Vin Scully, as only he can, illustrated the frustration of the Dodgers on the broadcast by stating, “The Dodgers on a treadmill in the sixth inning fail to score.”
Tim Federowicz doubled in Nick Punto in the top of the seventh to pull the Dodgers within one run but that would be as close as they would get. The bullpen, mainly Ronald Belisario, let the game unravel by walking three (two intentionally) and giving up two doubles while only getting one out.
Peter Moylan then tried his hand but couldn’t stop the bleeding quick enough issuing another walk and single. When the dust had settled on the eighth inning the Diamondbacks had scored five to take a 9-3 lead. Federowicz would hit a solo homer in the ninth to complete the scoring.
The Dodgers will look to once and for all clinch the division on Thursday with a 12:40 PT start in Arizona sending Ricky Nolasco to the bump to face Wade Miley.
WP: Brandon McCarthy (5-9)
LP: Stephen Fife (4-4)
Lost in the mess of a game was the fact that Yasiel Puig had his 11th three hit game in his 88th start