Where to start?
With being held to two hits? Managing to lose two third baseman on consecutive plays? Starting MVP Clayton Kershaw and watching him get outpitched by a rookie making his debut in the majors? Trying to go with their new infatuation, the infield defensive shift, and constantly getting burned? Or losing for the second straight game to a young team that is no doubt feeling a boost of confidence? A team they went 15-4 against last season.
The most expensive team in baseball history has started the season 2-3.
It’s a team that might need a temporary third baseman. In the third inning, the Diamondbacks went for a double steal. Catcher A.J. Ellis’ throw to third was in time, but A.J. Pollock’s spike caught Justin Turner in the left hand and he dropped the ball for a tough error.
Turner left the game and was replaced by Juan Uribe, who was supposed to get the day off. On the next play, Paul Goldschmidt hit a sharp bouncer to third. Uribe broke for the ball, gloved it and did a semi-corkscrew to throw him out. Only in the process, his left hamstring barked. When he was supposed to hit the next inning, Alex Guerrero pinch hit and took over at third.
The Dodgers said Turner and Uribe are day to day. X-rays on Turner’s left index finger were negative, but there was quick swelling. Uribe, who twice went on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, had what the Dodgers called left hamstring tightness. Triple-A infielder Enrique Hernandez best be at the ready.
Meanwhile, the night seemed a constant struggle for Kershaw. Not like last April when the Diamondbacks chased him in the second inning after scoring seven runs, but no doubt too close for his liking.
Kershaw lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits and three walks. His final pitch was crushed by Goldschmidt for a two-run homer.
The pitcher who threw like a Cy Young winner on this night was Arizona’s Archie Bradley. The 22-year-old right-hander had himself a debut to remember, holding the Dodgers scoreless, and to just one hit, in his six innings.
The Dodgers were never heard from again.
Bradley, a 2011 first-round pick by the Diamondbacks, walked four and struck out six. Brad Ziegler held the Dodgers scoreless for two innings and Randall Delgado, who did give up a single to Gonzalez, finished it with a scoreless ninth.