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Surging Diamondbacks sweep Dodgers in Los Angeles

Aug 1, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

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The Dodgers remade their lineup Wednesday to fit in new arrival Shane Victorino, but it led to just two hits — one off the bat of starter Stephen Fife — as the Diamondbacks won 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep in Los Angeles.

Manager Don Mattingly, too often limited to one or two quality hitters in his lineup early on this season, decided to frontload his lineup today. Not only did Victorino lead off, but Andre Ethier was moved up to the two hole, allowing Hanley Ramirez to bat cleanup behind Matt Kemp.

Mattingly’s plan seems like a good one, but Patrick Corbin completely shut down the Dodgers today. Kemp had the only hit from a Dodgers position player. Diamondbacks pitchers were perfect after a Jerry Hairston Jr. walk to lead off the fourth, facing 17 batters and getting 18 outs (A.J. Ellis hit into a double play to end the fourth).

Corbin, who was removed after six innings, was just added to Arizona’s roster before the game. When he was scratched from his Triple-A start Monday, some thought it might signal a trade. The Diamondbacks, though, just wanted Corbin up to replace Josh Collmenter in the rotation. He was stellar today and now 3-4 with a 3.60 ERA in six starts and five relief appearances over all.

Also worth mentioning: third baseman Chris Johnson had a stellar series for his new team. He was already hot before the trade from Houston, but he’s gone 6-for-11 with two homers and seven RBI in three games for Arizona. He even has two walks versus no strikeouts. In Houston, he had a 92/23 K/BB ratio in 92 games.

The Diamondbacks have gone 10-3 in their last 13 games to move three games over .500 on the season. They’re three games back of the Giants in the NL West and 1 1/2 back of the Dodgers.

  1. blabidibla - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Regardless if the dodger bats come alive with the new blood, they don’t have the starting pitchers to make a decent run.

    • WhyDoIActuallyCare - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Everyone is saying that because its the fashionable thing to say about them since they missed out on Dempster. I’d be surprised if they don’t find another starter before rosters expand in September. Also, it looks like Fife is the real deal so far. Sure, Capuano will probably tire and Harang will regress, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the SPs were able to hold it together. I’m much more concerned about their ability to score any runs. They have a few players who can produce, but they can’t seem to produce at the same time.

      • blabidibla - Aug 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        Fife has never really been decent in the minors, and had to be pulled today after getting into trouble in both the 4th and 5th innings today. He’s not going to change much pitching during a pennant race in the majors.

  2. jimeejohnson - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Arizona definitely has the Dodgers’ number. They haven’t lost to the Dodgers in many games.

  3. adcoop22 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    LA goes down with class too. You have got to love the reliever coming in and hitting Goldschmidt with his first pitch after Goldy is perfect on the night and then they try to hit J-Up twice. Classy move from a classy club.

  4. SteelyMcBeam6 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Did you just drop an irony hammer adcoop?

  5. fiddytucker - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Go Snakes!

  6. Gamera the Brave - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    As a Giants fan, I am now officially more worried about the D-Backs than the Dodgers…

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