Madison Bumgarner kept working during a hard losing streak. What’s more, he didn’t even have a strategy. Saying, “Every time I do, it doesn’t work out so well,” he eventually gave up. I’m just going on what I think is right.
The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Wednesday night, as starter Madison Bumgarner (2014 World Series MVP) threw six innings of one-run ball.
This was Bumgarner’s (now 7-15) first victory over the Dodgers since September 23, 2017, while he was still with San Francisco.
He went on to say that his current six-game losing run wasn’t the worst he’d experienced in his career. “It took a lot longer than I would have liked, but I’m glad to be on the other side now. Someday, I was certain to succeed.”
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When Bumgarner faced the Dodgers for the 40th time in his career, he retired the first nine batters he faced and 13 of the first 14. The victory over Washington on July 23 was the first for the left-hander since July 23. He went the whole, striking out five and walking just one. He gave up only two hits and no extra bases were run.
Torey Lovullo, manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, credited Bum with the team’s success. “Six fantastic innings allowed us to move ahead, and once we did, we were able to hold on.”
Arizona led 5-1 on Monday before the Dodgers came back to win 6-5. Corbin Carroll had a three-run double and Christian Walker had two more RBIs for Arizona in that game.
There was no way back for the Dodgers this time. This was a huge victory for us,” Lovullo remarked. “Young athletes can learn a lot from this. Our boys are maturing up there.”
As the fourth inning got underway, Carson Kelly hit a double. After Dustin May (2-4) walked Daulton Varsho, Geraldo Peromo singled to put runners on first and second. In response, Carroll hit a double to the far left field. When Arizona’s Varsho and Promo sprinted around third base, they put the Diamondbacks up five runs.
Emmanuel Rivera’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning gave the D-backs a 6-1 lead. After being hit by a pitch, Walker’s groundout, and Tommy Kahnle’s wild pitch all contributed to Jake McCarthy scoring from third base.
The first two runs scored by Arizona were both plated by Walker, who now has 86 RBIs for the year. Both of his singles came off of pitches from May (99 mph in the first and 98 mph in the third) that he hit with his bat broken. Both of Walker’s base hits, which he made with two outs and runners on first and third, drove in those runners because they were able to reach first and third on walks.
In the fourth inning, Mookie Betts ended a scoreless slump of ten games by hitting his 35th home run for the Dodgers.
In the ninth inning, Trea Turner extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a slow roller to third base, the Dodgers’ second hit of the game against Mark Melancon. After a double play by the Arizona defense, the victory was sealed by a single by Freddie Freeman.
In his sixth start after returning from Tommy John surgery, May battled mightily. The righty’s four innings of work allowed five runs on seven hits, a season-high. The ratio of his hits to walks was 4 to 2. After three innings, May had already thrown as much as twice as many pitches as Bumgarner had.
Diamondbacks RHP Ryne Nelson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to discomfort in his right scapula. Dodgers right-handed pitcher Brusdar Graterol (elbow) will return to the lineup on Thursday. On Thursday, RHP Tony Gonsolin (forearm) will throw a bullpen session with live hitters. It’s a major step for Tony,” manager Dave Roberts remarked.
If he does well, he will continue his rehab with a bullpen session and light duty early next week. … Yency Almonte (elbow) will make a rehab start on Sunday after throwing on Friday. Even though RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) played catch on Wednesday, “he’s just not rebounding back the way any of us would hope,” Roberts said. … David Price, a left-handed pitcher, will face real batters for one inning as part of his rehab.
To close up the series for the Diamondbacks, RHP Zac Gallen (12-3, 2.52 ERA) will take the mound. His scoreless streak, which had reached a club record 44 1/3 innings, ended against Colorado on September 11.
LHP Julio Urias (17-7, 2.27) of the Dodgers has gone 9-1 with a 1.31 ERA in his starts after the All-Star break.