LOS ANGELES – Tommy and Jo Lasorda celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary Saturday night. He took her to a ballgame. Again.
Some things, however, can’t last forever.
The Dodgers certainly hope not. They lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks again, taking their lumps in a 9-1 loss this time.
The loss dropped the Dodgers to 4-9 to start the season. The Diamondbacks, off to an 11-3 start, have handed the Dodgers five of those losses. It is part of a streak of 11 consecutive regular-season losses to the Diamondbacks, the longest losing streak to any opponent in Los Angeles history — though last fall’s three-game Dodgers sweep in the NL Division Series takes the sting out of it.
The Diamondbacks have outscored the Dodgers, 34-16, in the five losses this season and have so dominated them that they hit five home runs Saturday, gave one back and still routed the home team.
Deven Marrero’s fourth-inning drive just over the fence in center field went from three-run home run to two-run single when a replay review showed Marrero had passed the runner at first base.
That provided little relief. Dodgers starter Rich Hill sandwiched it with two-run home runs to Paul Goldschmidt in the third inning and A.J. Pollock in the fifth. Add in an RBI double by Ketel Marte and it was an all-around bad night for Hill.
Goldschmidt’s homer was particularly impressive. It rocketed off the bat at 112.9 mph (the hardest home run he has hit since Statcast began tracking exit velocity in 2015) and curled around the left-field foul pole into the second deck of seats.
It was one of three hits in the game for Goldschmidt who annually punishes the Dodgers like no other batter. His 29 career homers and 94 career RBI against the Dodgers is the most of any active hitter and his career OPS at Dodger Stadium is the second-highest in the 56-year-old ballpark’s history (behind Ryan Braun’s .962).
After battling back repeatedly in Friday’s loss, the Dodgers’ offense seemed to have little left and was held in check by a series of Diamondbacks pitchers.
Starter Taijuan Walker made it through the first inning without incident – a personal achievement for him. In six previous starts against the Dodgers, including his Game 1 start in that NLDS last fall, Walker had made it through a scoreless first inning just once before. In those six first innings, he had allowed 13 runs, a .471 batting average and three home runs.
This time, it was the second inning that brought trouble for Walker. He allowed a run on a double by Yasiel Puig and an RBI single by Joc Pederson, getting a visit from the Diamondbacks’ trainer in between.
Walker finished the inning but left the game with right forearm tightness.
Four relievers followed Walker and held the Dodgers to four hits in seven scoreless innings.
Along the way, Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe left the game with a sore right shoulder.