He's never really found a home in the batting order. He's started at least 20 games in all nine spots. He's mostly batting in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh spots in his career.
Only at the end of last season the
He was there again on a drizzly Tuesday night against the
Kendrick drove in all three of the Dodgers' runs, the first coming on a solo home run in the sixth inning to tie the score, 1-1, and then a two-run single in the seventh inning to win it.
Frias went 6 2/3 innings, holding Arizona to one run on eight hits. He walked one, struck out three, and most importantly, kept the Dodgers in the game.
Frias got off to something of a rocky start. He gave up two singles in the first, but aided by catcher Yasmani Grandal throwing out leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte trying to steal, he pitched out of trouble.
The Diamondbacks did score a run in the second, though the damage could have been worse. David Peralta led off by lining a single to right, but he too was thrown out attempting to steal by Yasmani.
But Arizona clung to its 1-0 lead through the fifth, the Dodgers managing only three hits. Their fourth hit, though, was big.
Kendrick got all of a Ray 94-mph fastball. It could not have hurt that there was a decent wind blowing out to right. Aided or not, it went out for Kendrick's sixth home run.
Apparently, the Diamondbacks were not that impressed. The Dodgers put together a two-out rally in the seventh. After Ray walked Chris Heisey, Arizona went to reliever
Kendrick, who had never faced Reed, lined a hit up the middle to score both Heisey and Puig and the Dodgers had their 3-1 lead.