Los Angeles-- When the bottom of the ninth inning came, Greg Holland arose. The night before, Holland blew a save to the Dodgers after issuing four consecutive walks to force in the tying run after he got 2-outs. For the second time in as many nights he blew it, this time, a little more quickly. It took him all but four pitches for the Dodgers to tie the game after a leadoff double from Kike Hernandez and a single by Matt Beaty. One inning later, Cody Bellinger was ready to send the Dodger faithful home very pleased.
D-Backs manager and former UCLA Bruin Torey Lovullo was not afraid to go back to Greg Holland after his debacle the night before, when he gave up four consecutive walks to tie the game in the ninth. But it's starting to sound like he's losing his confidence in Holland after the latest blown save tonight. Holland looked like he revitalized his career after he started the season great converting 10 of 11 saves, but a lot of that confidence has come crashing down in the past two weeks.
How about we talk about the game now?
Arizona starter Merrill Kelley was not having a good time in the second inning. Cody Bellinger homered and then four singles from Max Muncy, Austin Barnes, Walker Buehler, and Joc Pederson scored two more runs to make it 3-0. Unfortunately, that was all the scoring for Los Angeles.
Walker Buehler, on the other hand, looked like the ace he is supposed to be. After the rough start in Denver last week, he redeemed himself with a better start going seven strong innings, allowing only three runs. He struck out nine and didn’t issue a walk. Buehler's nemesis, Christian Walker hit another two-run homer in the 4th to cut the lead to one at 3-2. After cruising through the next few innings both starters trading zeroes, Buehler cracked in the 7th. After retiring the first two batters, he allowed a double to Jarrod Dyson and an RBI single to Ketel Marte to tie the game.
Kenley Jansen entered in the ninth to preserve a tie game, but of course, that did not happen. Carson Kelly hit a solo shot to give the D-Backs a lead and it was dead silent at Chavez Ravine.
No way in hell they bring out Greg Holland for the last three outs right? But the genius Lovullo is, he brought Holland back and he blew the game. Yoshihisa Hirano came into the game to put out the fire Holland started and he somehow did it, producing a groundball double play from Alex Verdugo to end the threat.
Joe Kelly has been looking absolutely superb recently and he continued that with an easy 1-2-3 inning.
Future MVP Cody Bellinger smoked a walk-off home run off Yoan Lopez to give LA another 5-4 win and a two-game series sweep over the Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles owns a 59-29 record on the year and are now 14 games up in the National League West.
The San Diego Padres come into town with a four-game series to cap off the first half off the season. Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the ball against Dinelson Lamet at 9:10 EST.