Three games in Phoenix, three terrible starts by Dodgers pitchers.
Kenta Maeda was the latest to get run through the grinder, putting the Dodgers behind early in an 8-1 Diamondbacks win and a sweep for Arizona at Chase Field.
Maeda allowed two runs in the first inning, giving the Diamondbacks 10 runs in the opening frames in his three-game series. Gregor Blanco laced a hit to right field to open the inning, and was gifted a double by Yasiel Puig, who nonchalantly fielded the ball in right field.
Blanco doubled again in the second inning to add another run, then scored on a two-run home run by Chris Iannetta, the sixth home run by Diamondbacks catchers against the Dodgers in 2017.
A.J. Pollock added a two-run home run in the third inning -- Maeda’s last -- to widen the lead.
That put the Dodgers down 7-1 after, rivaling their deficits of 5-0 and 6-0 in the first two games of the series. Rich Hill, Hyun-jin Ryu and Maeda combined to allow 19 runs and 24 hits — including six home runs and seven doubles — in 10⅔ innings in this series.
It was the first time Dodgers starting pitchers allowed six or more earned runs in three straight games since Chad Billingsley, Derek Lowe and Odalis Perez did so from June 26-28, 2006.
Logan Forsythe walked in the second inning, giving him 20 walks in the month of August. He joins Puig, who also walked 20 times in the month. They are the first pair of Dodgers teammates to walk 20 times in the same month since Gary Sheffield and Chad Kreuter in June 2000.
The Dodgers on the season lead the majors with 536 walks, 35 more than any other team.
Pound of flesh
After watching Chase Utley and Cody Bellinger get hit by pitches on Wednesday night, manager Dave Roberts wasn’t too pleased.
Doc said he didnt think there was intent on HBP on Bellinger, but said "But there is a point where you don't like your players getting hit."— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) August 31, 2017
On Thursday, the Dodgers answered with Josh Ravin drilling Pollock with a pitch in the back in the fifth inning. Is that the end of this back-and-forth? We’ll see next week when these two teams play three games at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers move on to San Diego, for a four-game, three-day weekend series against the Padres. Clayton Kershaw starts the opener on Friday night at Petco Park in his first game back off the disabled list.
Roberts said he hopes for five innings and 75 pitches from Kershaw tomorrow.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 31, 2017
Dinelson Lamet starts for the Padres
Home runs: Chris Iannetta (13), A.J. Pollock (9)
WP - Zack Greinke (16-6): 6 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
LP - Kenta Maeda (12-6): 3 IP, 8 hits, 7 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts