It took a little while, but the Diamondbacks finally have their first win against the Dodgers this season. Thanks to a two-run single by Aaron Hill in the 12th inning, Arizona topped Los Angeles 4-2 at Dodger Stadium last night. Or early this morning, really.
The game was tied at 1-1 until Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow allowed the Diamondbacks to take the lead when he threw a wild pitch on an intentional walk to Martin Prado in the top of the ninth inning. Really. However, Juan Uribe tied things up in the bottom of the ninth with a solo homer against Addison Reed. The two sides traded zeroes in the 10th and 11th innings before Hill put Arizona ahead for good. Trevor Cahill, who was moved to the bullpen this week, pitched a perfect bottom of the 12th to notch his first career save.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Diamondbacks, who currently sit at a major-league worst 5-14 on the season. They were winless in their previous five games against the Dodgers this season.
Your Friday box scores:
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 2
Reds 4, Cubs 1
Blue Jays 3, Indians 2
Cardinals 1, Nationals 3
Angels 11, Tigers 6
Brewers 5, Pirates 3
Orioles 8, Red Sox 4
Yankees 5, Rays 11
Braves 6, Mets 0
White Sox 0, Rangers 12
Mariners 4, Marlins 8
Twins 0, Royals 5
Phillies 1, Rockies 12
Astros 3, Athletics 11
Giants 1, Padres 2
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.
Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.
Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”
Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.
Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.