Around 3:30 p.m. on Labor Day, while boarding an empty light-rail car at the Third Street and Washington stop, we heard a Sedona-red-wearing male say, in reference to the just-completed game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field, "Whoa. This [the game] is really the only thing going on in town."
Well, man, if "this" means another lame loss by the Diamondbacks, then you are absolutely correct.
Outplayed, outmanned, and outslugged were the D-Backs by a score of 7-2 on Monday afternoon. It was the team's fifth-consecutive loss in this totally forgettable season.
The playoff-contending Dodgers had Arizona starter Max Scherzer (9-9) on the ropes in the second inning. First, Manny Ramirez launched a long fly over the left-field fence for his fourth homer in nine games. The next batter, James Loney, took the right-hander deep to make the score 2-0. And that's basically all L.A. needed as the Dodgers pounded out 10 hits in its convincing victory.
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The most interesting portion of the game occurred in the third inning. No, the Diamondbacks didn't all of a sudden get good, but rather the home-plate umpire tossed Ramirez for being a big ol' baby while arguing balls and strikes.
One piece of good news for Arizona continues to be Chris Young, the maligned hitter who continued his hot home-run streak by belting another one, making it four in the past two games.
The second game in the three-game series starts tonight at 6:40 when Arizona's Billy Buckner (2-6, 8.29 ERA) faces Los Angeles' Chad Billingsley (12-9, 3.86). TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR-AM 620. More info: www.dbacks.com.