In a lineup full of rookies, Enrique Hernández and Justin Turner stepped up as team leaders, both homering in the Dodgers 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
The game started off on a great note. Hernández, who decided to wear his skinny pants again, hit his home run on the fourth pitch of the first inning to give the Dodgers a quick one-run lead.
The Diamondbacks didn’t let the Dodgers have this lead for long, though. They responded with a run in their half of the first inning to tie up the score. This run wasn’t charged to starting pitcher Ross Stripling as earned because of a throwing error on a 2-out pick off attempt at first base. A double brought in this runner at first for the tie.
After Kiké’s leadoff dinger, Arizona pitcher Robbie Ray retired nine-straight Dodgers. This made way for the D-Backs to take the lead. A pair of base hits and a groundout helped the Snakes take a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Stripling’s second run allowed was the first and only run he earned on the night.
Neither team scored until the sixth inning, when the Dodgers broke through the one-run deficit and reclaimed the game. Justin Turner’s solo home run was the first of the three hits the Dodgers smacked to take the lead. Alex Verdugo and Chris Taylor’s back-to-back doubles solidified the 3-2 score.
This score carried through to the end of the game.
Verdugo was the only rookie in the lineup who produced any hits or runs. He was 1-for-4 with one run scored, while Will Smith, Kyle Garlick and Matt Beaty went a combined 0-for-10 at the plate with five strikeouts and two walks.
Strip pitched through the third inning, being replaced by Joe Kelly in the fourth. Kelly was the first of four relievers to follow Stripling. The four combined for six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk.
Since May 8, Joe Kelly has limited opposing batters to a .149 average (7-for-47) with 19 strikeouts.— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) June 26, 2019
Julio Urías carried most of the load, tossing three innings. His appearance was nearly spotless, allowing just two runners to reach base out of 11 batters faced. He earned his fourth win of the season for his contribution.
Kenley Jansen earned his 23rd save of the season for his scoreless ninth inning. He did allow a 2-out base hit, but he was able to get out of the tough situation after a 9-pitch at-bat ended in a groundout.
WP: Julio Urías (4-2), 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
LP: Robbie Ray (5-5), 6 1⁄3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 2 HR
SV: Kenley Jansen (23), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Home runs: Enrique Hernández (12), Justin Turner (8)
The Dodgers look to take the series against the Diamondbacks in a day-after-night game. LA is sending a rookie to the mound, with Tony Gonsolin making his major league debut. It will be a battle of the rookies, as Arizona is sending rookie Taylor Clarke to the bump. First pitch is scheduled for 12:40 p.m. PDT.