The Diamondbacks Sweep LA
Did the Diamondbacks make a statement in Los Angeles? Not only did they sweep the Dodgers on the road, but they dominated them. It was the Diamondbacks’ first sweep at Dodger Stadium since Aug. 3-5, 2007 and it moved them to three games over .500 (54-51) for the first time since mid-April.
Let’s look at some highlights of the three game series:
The Diamondbacks never trailed in the series and outscored the Dodgers 19-4 over the three games. Maybe the best part about the sweep was that the Dodgers were on a roll. They were coming off a three game series sweep of the San Francisco Giants.
Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Johnson and Miguel Montero combined to go 18 for 32 with six homeruns and eighteen RBI’s in the three game series sweep.
Chris Johnson made his debut as a Diamondback on Monday night and made an impact with his new teammates. He came to the plate with the bases loaded in the fifth inning and hit a grand slam. He finished 6 for 11 with a double, two homeruns and seven RBI’s for the series. He did not strikeout during the series.
Paul Goldschmidt was dominating in the series. He went 8 for 12 with two homeruns and five RBI’s. Both homeruns came in the top half of the first inning. Monday’s homerun was a three run shot and Tuesday’s was a two run shot. Both homeruns seem to set the tone for both games.
Miguel Montero created some serious chaos on the Dodger pitchers. He went 4 for 9 with two homeruns and six RBI’s. He did not strikeout and walked four times.
Trevor Cahill set the pitching tone early in his game. He worked out of a first inning jam; got an inning ending double play after walking the leadoff batter and allowing a single. It was the first time in seven starts that Cahill did not allow a first inning run. Wade Miley followed that up with an even better performance pitching eight strong innings. He gave up three hits. One of those hits was a homerun. He retired 12 straight hitters and 18 of 19 to finish his start. He improved to 12-6 with an ERA of 2.98 on the season.
The final game of the series saw the Diamondbacks call up rookie left hander Patrick Corbin to start the game. Josh Collmenter was sent back to the bullpen. Collmenter has shown he is better as a relief pitcher. Corbin’s return to the club was an outstanding one; as he surrendered just two hits over six shutout innings.
The Diamondbacks open up a three game series in Philadelphia on Friday. Ian Kennedy will get the start followed by Joe Saunders on Saturday and Trevor Cahill on Sunday. I hope to see you at the ballpark when the Diamondbacks come home on Friday August 10th.