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Clark, Young send Diamondbacks to easy win over Dodgers

Sep 22, 2007 - 7:05 AM By Bob Huhn PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

PHOENIX (Ticker) - Tony Clark and Chris Young homered in consecutive innings, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a convincing 12-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

With the triumph, the Diamondbacks (87-67) increased their lead in the National League West Division to one game over San Diego (85-66), which were playing the Colorado Rockies.

After the Dodgers tallied a run in each of the first three innings off Arizona starter Livan Hernandez (11-10) to jump out to a 3-1 lead, Arizona benefited from a defensive lapse from the Dodgers.

"If I had a quarter for every time someone asked me how we are doing it, I wouldn't have to play next year," Clark said.

Clark took advantage of a second chance during his at-bat when a foul ball dropped between third baseman Nomar Garciaparra and shortstop Tony Abreu. Three pitches later, the 35-year-old slugger connected on a pitch from Esteban Loaiza (1-3), depositing it over the wall in left to tie the game at 3-3.

"We got a break when Tony got a second chance. He made them pay for it, but the big hit of the game was Livan's single," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "Livan's hit was huge because it gives us the lead."

"It is one of those situations (where) not having a big horse - but having a lot of guys all committed to the same task - help us win ballgames," Clark said. "Tonight, I got a second chance at the at-bat. Sometimes, you can take advantage of a second chance like that, sometimes you can't."

Following a two-out triple in the fourth by Augie Ojeda and subsequent RBI single by Hernandez, Young belted his own two-run blast to left to hand the Diamondbacks a 6-3 advantage. The home run from Young was his 31st of the season, tying him with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun for the most homers by a rookie.

After struggling in the first three frames, Hernandez settled down and held Los Angeles scoreless - allowing just three hits - over his last three innings. The former World Series MVP, who has won just two games in his last seven outings, tossed six innings, permitting three runs and 10 hits.

"I was lucky because they scored those three runs early," Hernandez said. "I didn't really do anything really different after the third inning except throw strikes."

Loaiza, who is now 0-4 lifetime against Arizona, lasted only four innings, surrendering six runs and five hits to lose his third consecutive start.

Jeff Kent finished with three hits - including an RBI double - for the Dodgers, who tied a season high with their sixth straight loss.

"It is obvious we let things get away from us about four or five games ago," Kent said. "We are one or two games away from elimination with eight to play. We need several teams to lose about six or seven in a row."

The Dodgers had a team meeting after the game and did not make the clubhouse available to reporters until 30 minutes later.

"We have a lot of people who haven't been through this at this point of the season," Dodgers manager Grady little said. "It is not a good thing. There is a lot of frustration, understandably, but like everything in life, you deal with it."








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 0
    ARIZONA 1 0 2 3 0 4 0 2 x 12 13 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LOS - ESTEBAN LOAIZA, RUDY SEANEZ (5TH), ERIC STULTS (6TH), D.J.
    HOULTON (6TH), ROBERTO HERNANDEZ (8TH) AND RUSSELL MARTIN,
    CHAD MOELLER (7TH)
    ARI - LIVAN HERNANDE

    Sep 22 12:40 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MARK REYNOLDS (16) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF ROBERTO HERNANDEZ SCORED ERIC BYRNES.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3, ARIZONA 12
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: S DREW (.228, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 22 12:31 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARK REYNOLDS SCORED ERIC BYRNES.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M REYNOLDS ON SECOND, T CLARK ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 10 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: S DREW (.228, 0-FOR-3)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 21 11:48 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TONY CLARK SCORED JEFF SALAZAR.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, T CLARK ON FIRST, E BYRNES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: M REYNOLDS (.274, 0-FOR-3)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 21 11:48 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF SALAZAR SCORED JEFF CIRILLO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J SALAZAR ON FIRST, C YOUNG ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: E BYRNES (.289, 0-FOR-2, SAC)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 21 11:43 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF CIRILLO SCORED AUGIE OJEDA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CIRILLO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C YOUNG (.240, 1-FOR-2, HBP, HR, 2 RBI)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 21 11:38 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CHRIS YOUNG (31) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF ESTEBAN LOAIZA SCORED LIVAN HERNANDEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3, ARIZONA 6
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: J SALAZAR (.270, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 21 11:09 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY LIVAN HERNANDEZ SCORED AUGIE OJEDA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L HERNANDEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C YOUNG (.238, 0-FOR-1, HBP)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 21 11:08 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY TONY CLARK (16) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF ESTEBAN LOAIZA SCORED JEFF SALAZAR.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3, ARIZONA 3
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: M REYNOLDS (.275, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 21 10:49 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NOMAR GARCIAPARRA SCORED JEFF KENT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N GARCIAPARRA ON FIRST, R MARTIN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    ARIZONA 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: A ETHIER (.291, 1-FOR-1)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 21 10:33 PM


  • NL
    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY TONY ABREU SCORED ANDRE ETHIER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J PIERRE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 2
    ARIZONA 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.322, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 21 10:14 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY TONY CLARK SCORED CHRIS YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J SALAZAR ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1
    ARIZONA 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: M REYNOLDS (.276, 15 HR, 57 RBI)

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 21 10:02 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 1 1 3 0
    ARIZONA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - ESTEBAN LOAIZA
    ARI - LIVAN HERNANDEZ

    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C YOUNG (.239, 30 HR, 64 RBI)
    J SALAZAR (.260, 1 HR, 8 RBI)
    E BYRNES (.290, 21 HR, 82 RB

    Dodgers vs. DiamondbacksSep 21 9:52 PM