Ethier also broke the hearts of D-Backs fans in the eighth when he snatched a potential homer away from Brandon Allen when he caught the newbie's fly-ball at the left field fence in the eighth.
Arizona's loss on Tuesday evening was compounded by their continued failure to capitalize on opportunities (a recurring theme through out this depressing season). Sluggers Stephen Drew and Ryan Roberts helped load the bases in the opening inning after getting walked by Los Angeles starter Vicente Padilla (Justin Upton also motored to first when his bunt found a hole in the infield), but only one run was produced. There were also runners in scoring position in both the third and fourth frames with only one out, but nothing came of it.
Look at the bright side fans: There are less than 30 games left before we can close the book on 2009, including tonight's rubber match against the Dodgers. Max Scherzer (8-8, 4.26 ERA) handles the ball, while El Lay calls upon the dominant Chad Billingsley (12-8, 3.83). First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. For more info: www.dbacks.com.
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