LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Los Angeles Dodgers sent another southpaw to the mound in hopes of Alex Wood duplicating what his teammate Clayton Kershaw was able to do the night before in game two of the series at Dodger Stadium in front of 40,997 fans in attendance.
Early on Wood (10-0) proved to be just as effective and Kershaw in keeping the Arizona offense quiet. In fact he did not surrender a hit until two outs in the fourth inning. Wood went on to pitch seven innings, scattering just three hits, two walks, and 10 strikeouts. He threw 85 pitches with 61 for strikes.
Starting the season 10-0, Wood becomes the first Dodger to do so since Ed Roebuck accomplished that in 1962. He also becomes the first starter since Don Newcombe in 1955.
Wood’s 10 strikeout performance was the third time this season and the seventh time in his career.
After a shaky first inning in which Zack Godley (3-3) had 24 pitches, he seemed to settle in and find a groove despite allowing a run in the second inning. He would end up pitching into the sixth inning (5.2), allowing three hits, one run, one walk and five strikeouts. He threw 92 pitches and 55 for strikes.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo commented on his starter’s performance, “He was spot on. He gave up one run and absorbed the loss. If we score six (runs) were talking about how great his outing is. He kept us in the game. He did exactly what we asked him to do. He attacked the zone all night long.”
Andrew Chafin relieved Godley in the sixth inning to face phenom Cody Bellinger and was able to get him to ground out for first. Godley clearly wanted to stay in and finish the inning, Lovullo talked about that, “I know he expressed a little bit of frustration. It was time to turn it over to the bullpen. I felt like it was a really good match up with Chafin coming in left on left. “
The Dodgers (57-29) scored the only run of the game in the second inning. With one out in the inning, Chris Taylor singled and scored on Yasmani Grandal’s double. Wood made that run hold up for the rest of the night.
Paul Goldschmidt (52-33) led the way for the Diamondbacks offense with his single in the sixth inning.
Kenley Jansen faced four batters in the ninth inning to record his 20th save of the season. He now has six consecutive seasons with 20 plus saves.
After nine games played this season, the Dodgers hold a 5-4 edge.
Next up is final game of the series tomorrow, with first pitch at 7:10 PM MST