Dodgers nip D-Backs again in extra inningsJun 3, 2010 - 1:12 AM
The 17-year veteran went hitless in his first five at-bats before his RBI single with two outs in the 14th inning gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 1-0 victory over Arizona on Wednesday.
"I don't mind hearing boos when I'm out there not doing the things I'm capable of. I've had that before, and it was well-deserved," Anderson said after his hit sent the D-Backs to their 10th straight loss. "I mean, I wasn't getting some things done. But I just try to contribute as much as I can. Fortunately I was able to do something today when it counted."
Matt Kemp led off the 14th with a single, advanced to second on a one-out wild pitch by rookie Cesar Valdez (1-2) and took third on James Loney's groundout before Anderson sliced a 2-2 pitch to left-center. Center fielder Chris Young made a backhanded diving attempt, but second-base umpire Alfonso Marquez correctly ruled that he trapped the ball.
"You always think the same thing - when is it going to end? Not if it's going to end," Anderson said. "Those kind of thoughts do creep into your mind when you get to the 13th, 14th inning. It was just well-timed. I saw it hit the grass. I didn't have to look for the umpire to say that it wasn't a catch."
Travis Schlichting (1-0) allowed four hits over four innings of relief to get his first major league victory.
A day after the Dodgers won 1-0 on Kemp's home run in the 10th, the Diamondbacks completed an 0-9 trip to Colorado, San Francisco and Dodger Stadium. It marked their first winless road swing of more than six games.
In the series opener, the D-Backs lost 5-4 on a game-ending balk by Esmerling Vasquez. Arizona's losing streak is its longest since 2004, when they had three droughts of nine of more - including a franchise-record 14-game stretch.
"These losses were about as painful as you can get against a big rival of yours," manager A.J. Hinch said. "Those were three walkoffs. I wouldn't wish this road trip on anybody. We have an off-day tomorrow, which we all need, and then we need to try to correct it at home, at a place where we get to bat last."
Less than 24 hours after a riveting pitchers' duel between Dodgers rookie John Ely and three-time All-Star Dan Haren, fill-in Dodgers starter Carlos Monasterios matched zeros with former Dodger Edwin Jackson though five innings before the Dodgers' bullpen took over and extended Arizona's scoreless streak to a franchise record 31 innings.
Jackson pitched nine innings, tying a career high, and threw 123 pitches in his first start at Chavez Ravine since leaving the Dodgers in a trade that sent him to Tampa Bay in January 2006. He allowed just three hits, struck out six and walked three.
"It doesn't matter how I pitched. It's not really about me. It's a team game, and we came up short," Jackson said. "But you have to take it in stride. You can't really let it get to you. The only thing you can do is just continue to work hard, and every time you take the field go out there with the attitude that you're going to win."
Hinch was frustrated that Jackson wasn't able to get a win out of it.
"It was the best game of the year for him," Hinch said. "We rode him pretty hard today, and he stepped up. I mean, nine innings of shutout baseball - what more can you ask our of a starting pitcher? He did it with guts, he did it with swagger and he came right after them. He never let up off the gas pedal. But they pitched as effectively as we did - with a couple of guys that didn't have a ton of experience."
Monasterios, making his third big league start, allowed just two hits and struck out three without walking anyone.
NOTES: Stadium organist Nancy Bea Hefley and husband Bill celebrated their 53rd anniversary. A canned version of Nancy's "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" was played during the "14-inning stretch." ... Drew ended an 0 for 19 drought with a single in the ninth. ... Anderson shattered his bat grounding out in the second inning, and a woman in the sixth row of seats near the home plate side of the first base dugout received cuts on her head from the barrel of the bat. She was fully alert while the stadium's medical personnel treated her at her seat, and was escorted to the first-aid room moments later along with her companion. ... The Diamondbacks previous worst scoreless stretch was 23 innings.
- Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks 0 - FINAL
ARIZONA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
K Johnson 2b 6 0 0 0 0 2 1 .261
R Roberts lf 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111
S Drew ss 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 .284
J Upton rf 5 0 2 0 1 1 2 .249
A LaRoche 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .267
A Ojeda pr-3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .130
Jun 2 7:27 PM
AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
SINGLE BY GARRET ANDERSON SCORED MATT KEMP
FINAL SCORE - LA DODGERS 1, ARIZONA 0.
Diamondbacks 0, Dodgers 1 Bot 14, 0 OutsJun 2 7:27 PM
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