Diamondbacks score twice after error to beat Dodgers, 3-1

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PHOENIX – Hits have been hard to come by for the Arizona Diamondbacks and probably will be all season, so they will need to find other ways to win games.

Arizona certainly did against the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning with two hits a day after beating them with four.

Zac Gallen pitched six scoreless innings, and the Diamondbacks scored two runs after Max Muncy‘s throwing error in the eighth inning of their 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

“We’ve learned to embrace close games, we’ve learned to embrace execution in critical moments and we’re prepared to play games like this all season long,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

Gallen was sharp for the third straight start, allowing two hits as the Diamondbacks – baseball’s worst-hitting team – struggled against Dodgers starter Julio Urias.

Arizona led 1-0 when Gallen left, thanks to Nick Ahmed‘s first homer of the season, but Ian Kennedy (2-1) gave up Trea Turner‘s run-scoring single in the eighth inning.

Then the Diamondbacks found a way to manufacture some runs – with a little help.

Arizona went back ahead in the bottom of the eighth, when Daulton Varsho scored from first base after Muncy threw the ball into right field on Sergio Alcantara‘s sacrifice bunt. Pinch-hitter Pavin Smith put the Diamondbacks up 3-1 with a groundout off Daniel Hudson (1-1).

Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save in Arizona’s first series win over the Dodgers since Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2019.

“We’re kind of coming into our own,” Gallen said. “We’ve got some talent here and just have to take advantage of some of their mistakes.”

Urias allowed a hit – Ahmed’s homer in the fifth – in six innings. Turner also doubled to reach base for the 37th straight game spanning two seasons, including all 18 this year.

The Dodgers finished with five hits and had two errors, none more crucial than Muncy’s throw.

“Up until this series, I thought we played good baseball, fundamental baseball, catching and throwing it accurately,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “This series, we didn’t do a good job of that.”

Gallen allowed one run and four hits in nine innings over his first two starts, but didn’t win either game. The right-hander was hitting his spots against the Dodgers, giving up a single to Mookie Betts in the third and nothing else until Turner’s double with two outs in the sixth.

“Everything felt pretty good, for the most part,” said Gallen, who struck out five and walked two. “I had good fastball command, so tried to stick with that.”

Urias allowed a run in five innings to beat San Diego in his last start. He didn’t allow a hit against the Diamondbacks until Ahmed’s drive to left with one out in the fifth.

Urias struck out four and walked two.

“He competed, he made pitches,” Roberts said. “Obviously, he’d like to have that 2-1 fastball in to Ahmed back, but he gave us what we needed.”


Gallen has been sharp coming off a 4-10 season in 2021. Fastball command up in the zone has been a big part of it.

“We’re riding the fastball up in the top of the zone. It’s no mystery, everybody sees that,” Lovullo said. “He’s been able to command each edge and he’s riding it up. There’s a lot of swings and misses with his fastball.”


Los Angeles: LHP Tyler Anderson (1-0, 2.84 ERA) has struck out 12 in 12 2/3 innings heading into Thursday’s start against Detroit.

Arizona: LHP Humberto Castellanos (1-0, 3.00 ERA) will make his third start Thursday at St. Louis after opening the season in the bullpen. He was activated from the paternity list – his daughter, Emily, was born on Saturday – Tuesday night and RHP Edwin Uceta was optioned to Triple-A Reno.

Anthony Volpe, 21, wins Yankees’ starting shortstop job

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TAMPA, Fla. — Anthony Volpe grew up watching Derek Jeter star at shortstop for the New York Yankees.

Now, the 21-year-old is getting the chance to be the Yankees’ Opening Day shortstop against the San Francisco Giants.

The team announced after a 6-2 win over Toronto in spring training that Volpe had won the spot. New York manager Aaron Boone called the kid into his office to deliver the news.

“My heart was beating pretty hard,” said Volpe, rated one of baseball’s best prospects. “Incredible. I’m just so excited. It’s hard for me to even put into words.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, hitting coach Dillon Lawson and bench coach Carlos Mendoza were also present.

Volpe was able to share the news with his parents and other family members near the Yankees’ dugout and said it is something he will never forget.

“It was pretty emotional,” Volpe said. “It was just an unbelievable moment to share with them.”

Volpe, who grew up a Yankees fan, lived in Manhattan as a child before moving to New Jersey. Jeter was his favorite player.

“It’s very surreal,” Volpe said. “I’ve only ever been to games at Yankee Stadium and for the most part only watched him play there.”

Volpe is hitting .314 with three homers, five RBIs and a .417 on-base percentage in 17 Grapefruit League games. He has just 22 games of experience at Triple-A.

Spring training started with Volpe, Oswald Peraza and holdover Isiah Kiner-Falefa competing for the everyday shortstop job. Kiner-Falefa was shifted into a utility role midway through camp, and Peraza was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

“While certainly the performance was there, he killed it between the lines,” Boone said of Volpe. “All the other things that we’ve been hearing about showed up. There’s an energy he plays the game with, and an instinct that he has that is evident. He really checked every box that we could have had for him. Absolutely kicked the door in and earned his opportunity.”

Volpe arrived in Florida in December to work out at the Yankees’ minor league complex.

“He’s earned the right to take that spot, and we’re excited for him and excited for us,” Cashman said. “He just dominated all sides of the ball during February and March, and that bodes well obviously for him as we move forward.”

Volpe was selected out of high school with the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft from Delbarton School in New Jersey. He passed up a college commitment to Vanderbilt to sign with the Yankees.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get into the organization,” Volpe said. “This day, this feeling, this moment was kind of what I’ve worked my whole life for when I made that big decision.”

“Right now it’s crazy,” he added. “I don’t even know what lies ahead but Thursday I just want to go out and play, and have fun.”