National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at Arizona|
(Tuesday, May 22nd)
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, Arizona 7
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Although they've been beset by a recent rash of
injuries, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to thrive.
On Tuesday, it was Ivan De Jesus who played the role of hero with a two-
run, two-out double in the top of the ninth inning, and the Dodgers became
the first team to reach 30 victories as they improbably rallied for an
8-7 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle test of a three-game
"I was just looking for a fastball, just looking for a fastball to drive in,
and I was going to home plate just aggresive, just aggresive and that's what I
did," De Jesus said of the game-winning hit.
De Jesus, who was called up on Saturday, also had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly as
part of a five-run seventh inning for the Dodgers, who overcame 5-0 and 6-1
deficits in the contest.
The Dodgers have won six straight and 12-of-15 despite losing five hitters
to the disabled list since May 7, including star center fielder Matt Kemp.
Lyle Overbay smacked four hits, including a go-ahead solo home run in the
bottom of the eighth inning, and scored three runs for the Diamondbacks, who
lost for the third time when leading after eight innings.
"It's kind of frustrating, we just couldn't get her done, we had our chance,
we battled in the ninth and just couldn't get the tying run across," Overbay
Josh Lindblom (2-0) replaced Ronald Belisario on the mound in the eighth
inning with the game tied at 6-6. Chris Young popped out, which brought up
Overbay, who smacked a towering no-doubt solo shot to center for a 7-6 Arizona
In the ninth frame, the struggling J.J. Putz (0-3) surrendered back-to-back
one-out walks to Elian Herrera and Bobby Abreu before fanning Andre Ethier. De
Jesus followed and drilled the first offering from Putz over the head of
Young in center field, which brought home Herrera and Abreu for an 8-7 Dodgers
Willie Bloomquist reached on a strikeout wild pitch to begin the bottom half
of the frame against Kenley Jansen. After Ryan Roberts fanned, Justin Upton
stroked a base hit to center, putting runners on the corners. But Jason Kubel
grounded into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play, giving Jansen his sixth save of
Earlier, Arizona surged ahead with two runs in the second, one in the third
and a pair in the fifth.
Former Dodgers prospect Josh Bell launched a massive two-run shot in the
second, Upton ripped an RBI single to right in the third and a run-scoring
double in the fifth. Kubel's sacrifice fly plated Upton, giving Arizona a 5-0
Los Angeles got on the scoreboard in the sixth frame on Ethier's sac fly to
left, but Arizona got the run back in its half of the inning on Henry Blanco's
Brad Ziegler relieved starter Trevor Cahill, who fanned six and surrendered a
run on six hits and three walks, in the seventh frame. Ziegler did not record
an out to the three batters he faced, which included an RBI double he allowed
to pinch-hitter Jerry Sands.
Craig Breslow took over on the hill and Tony Gwynn Jr. immediatlely slapped a
two-run single to center and two batters later, Abreu's run-scoring base hit
cut the deficit to 6-5.
Ethier singled to load the bases, chasing Breslow out of the contest. He was
replaced by Bryan Shaw, who served up a sac fly to De Jesus which tied the
Aaron Harang struck out six and gave up five runs on nine hits in a 4 1/3-
inning start for the Dodgers...The Dodgers were 5-for-12 with runners in
scoring position, while Arizona was 3-for-8.
05/23 02:23:13 ET