So far this season, Dodgers pitchers have done pretty well at shutting the opposing pitchers down, holding them to just 3-for-28 (.107) with three singles, 16 strikeouts, and four sacrifice bunts.
One of those hits was by Robbie Ray, starting for Arizona on Saturday night. The left-hander was 1-for-2 with a strikeout and a run scored last Monday at Dodger Stadium, and has gone 1-for-2 with a strikeout in all three of his starts this season.
On the mound, Ray has held opposing pitchers to 0-for-5 with five strikeouts and a sacrifice bunt this season.
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With the left-hander Ray pitching for the Diamondbacks, the usual suspects are in play for the Dodgers, and then some.
Kiké Hernandez, with five extra-base hits in his last five starts, starts at shortstop for the Dodgers. Corey Seager gets the night off after collecting three hits, including a home run on Friday.
Chris Taylor, whose two major league home runs have been hit at Chase Field, including one on Friday night, starts at second base.
Scott Van Slyke starts at first base, Brett Eibner in left field, and Austin Barnes behind the plate. The only left-handed batter starting for the Dodgers on Saturday is Joc Pederson in center field.
Daniel Descalso, whose eighth-inning walk triggered The Grabowski Principle in Friday night’s loss, starts at second base on Saturday, one of two changes in Arizona’s lineup for the second game of the series.
Left-hander Chris Herrmann gets the call behind the plate for the Diamondbacks, after Jeff Mathis started last night.