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D-backs get shut out in series finale beatdown by Dodgers

Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds the bases just after hitting a solo residence run off Bryan Holaday #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the duration of the ninth inning at Chase Discipline on August 01, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photograph by Norm Corridor/Getty Illustrations or photos)

PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Caleb Smith experienced an additional disastrous start out towards the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, ensuing in a shorter outing for Smith and a undesirable working day for the bullpen in a 13- thrashing by the reigning champs in the sequence finale at Chase Area.

Smith now has a 12.95 Era in seven profession game titles from the Dodgers.

“Yeah, they are a superior hitting workforce, but they did not beat me. I just conquer myself,” Smith stated on the outing.

“I’ve been carrying out that for a few of the past four outings I’ve had. Walks have killed me. I just got to halt strolling folks.”

Smith struggled with finding the strike zone and his command appropriate absent, going for walks 2nd baseman Mookie Betts to lead off the game. While he began off being aggressive with two strikeouts in the initially, he also walked two batters in the inning.

Issues only got worse in the next with left fielder and former Diamondback A.J. Pollock leading off the inning with a single, adopted by a pair of walks that loaded the bases with no outs.

Right after hanging out Betts, Smith walked centre fielder Chris Taylor with the bases juiced, scoring Pollock for the 1st run of the match.

Third baseman Justin Turner additional a 2nd operate with an RBI solitary, which was followed by a bases-clearing 3-RBI double from the ageless speculate Albert Pujols that finished Smith’s working day considerably earlier than predicted.

“He had trouble placing the ball on the plate and just established a ton of operate-scoring possibilities,” Lovullo claimed on Smith’s day.

“The significant blow of course was the double down the still left subject line that cleared the bases and built the rating 5 to absolutely nothing, but that inning was constructed since of his struggles to command the baseball.”

Smith lasted just 1.2 innings, letting 3 hits and 5 attained runs with a few strikeouts. His most detrimental stat was his 5 walks permitted that resulted in 3 runs scoring.

“It’s tough to overlook these, but you just have to check out,” Smith explained on shifting on from this tough outing. “Thinking about it is not heading to enable me, but it’s not tough to. I just acquired to get all set for the upcoming staff that I’m experiencing.”

In his 2.2 innings pitched in his last two starts versus the Dodgers, Smith has surrendered 14 acquired runs.

Once his working day was more than, the D-backs bullpen did not support maintain the team in the sport. The relief combination of Matt Peacock, Stefan Crichton, Ryan Buchter and Miguel Aguilar gave up a complete of 10 hits and seven earned operates in 6 innings.

Catcher Bryan Holaday came in to pitch in the ninth inning, giving up just one run on a solo dinger by Betts. He also hit Taylor and walked Pujols.

On the mound for the Dodgers was starting off pitcher Julio Urias, who the D-backs couldn’t determine out. He applied a combination of a mid-90s four-seam fastball, a mid-80s changeup and a nasty curveball that dropped underneath 80 mph to baffle hitters.

He held the D-backs to 4 hits whole and no operates in his 5 innings of work. The Dodgers bullpen then proceeded to hold the D-backs hitless for the final four innings.

“If we want to accomplish the kinds of matters that some opposing groups have when they appear into our stadium, we’ve bought to do it the correct way and acquire video games and get earth championships,” Lovullo additional on the reduction and the disproportionate amount of Dodgers followers at Chase Area in the course of this series.

“We know our supporters are out there, they assist us. From time to time they help us from afar. It is excellent when they are right here. Believe in me, they can ring the bell as loud as any individual. And I’d enjoy almost nothing a lot more for our fans to occur out and be equipped to say ‘D-backs’ louder than the ‘Dodgers’ in the seventh-inning stretch. But we’ve got to win them. We have bought to earn them back. And we will, we’ll get there.”

UP NEXT 

The D-backs will shift on to facial area the to start with-spot San Francisco Giants for a four-sport series that starts on Monday. 1st pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. with pregame coverage starting 40 minutes earlier on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

Taylor Widener will make his ninth begin of the season for Arizona. The 26-yr-aged righty has a 4.42 Era in 36.2 innings pitched this year with 36 strikeouts.