The Los Angeles Dodgers took to Arizona on Friday to begin their first road series of the new season against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Despite the Dodgers coming back from an early three-run deficit, the D-backs came away with a 4-3 walk-off win in extra innings.
Brett Anderson, making his Dodgers debut, gave up a three-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt in the third inning to give Arizona an early 3-0 lead. Outside of that one pitch, Anderson had an impressive first outing in blue. He finished six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts. He also made a total of 94 pitchers in which 66 were strikes.
The Dodgers backed Anderson immediately following Goldschmidt’s home run, when Yasmani Grandal picked up his first hit as a Dodger with a towering solo-home run to center field in the fourth inning, making it a 3-1 game. But it was a perfectly executed fifth inning that put Los Angeles back into the game.
Juan Uribe led off the inning with a single and then went from first-to-third on Joc Pederson’s single to right field that followed. Anderson then proceeded to lay down the perfect sacrifice-bunt to put runners on second and third with one out. That set up Jimmy Rollins’ two-run double in the spacious right-center field gap at chase field to tie the game 3-3. This all came at the hands of D-backs starter, Chase Anderson.
It became a battle of the bullpens with the game still tied in the seventh inning. Yimi Garcia continued to impress for the Dodgers, tossing two no-hit innings with four strikeouts. Joel Peralta followed with a scoreless inning of his own in the ninth for Los Angeles to send the game into extra innings. It wasn’t until the bottom half of the tenth inning when the Dodgers bullpen cracked.
J.P. Howell walked Cliff Pennington with one out, which ended up being the winning run for Arizona. Pennington advanced to second base on a wild pitch and then stole third right out of Howell’s back pocket on A.J. Pollack’s walk. That was all before Ender Inciarte singled home Pennington against the Dodgers five-man infield to give the D-backs the 4-3 win.
Clayton Kershaw will make his second start of the season on Saturday night against Arizona, as Archie Bradley takes the mound for the D-backs.
WP: Oliver Perez (1-0, 0.00)
LP: J.P. Howell (0-1, 5.40)