PHOENIX -- The last time the
A controversy ensued, as some of the
If any bad blood remains from the incident, it didn't resurface Friday, when
This wasn't the time to restart a feud. The teams had other concerns, the Diamondbacks' far more serious than the Dodgers'.
Kemp and Gonzalez came to Arizona with sub-.200 batting averages, but Mattingly sounded certain they would hit.
Gonzalez did. The four-time All-Star hit a two-run home run off Diamondbacks starter
"I heard people talk about my average, but I knew it wasn't something to focus on because it wasn't relative to how I was swinging the bat," Gonzalez said. "I knew if I stayed positive and stayed with it, eventually it was going to turn around."
Mattingly was significantly more concerned about his bullpen's workload. He avoided using
"We don't get deep into games with our starters, you end up in that bullpen for four or five innings every night and that puts stress on everybody," Mattingly said.
Ryu's performance Friday was exactly what Mattingly wanted. Ryu pitched seven shutout innings, limiting the Diamondbacks to two hits and a walk. That was considerably better than what he did a week earlier in the Dodgers' home opener, when he lasted only two innings.
The Dodgers' issues are mild compared to the Diamondbacks'.
Like the Dodgers, they lost their ace and setup man, only they can't afford the kind of roster to withstand their absences.
The Dodgers have wondered if shortening
"You could speculate one way or the other," Gibson said. "I know that we put a lot of thought into preparation for that and we carried it out. The players bought into it. Everybody prepared. I think there's plenty of time. And I don't think, really, anybody's immune to an injury. You look around the big leagues, there are a lot of injuries. It's part of what happens, what goes on."
Diamondbacks starters entered Friday with a combined earned-run average of 6.57, which was worst in the NL.
Randall Delgado pitched a combined 71/3 innings in his two starts and appeared to be on the verge of losing his place in the rotation. His place could be taken by
For insurance, the Diamondbacks signed 37-year-old left-hander
"It's not like we're buzzing them down," Gibson said. "We're looking for better options, for sure."
However their season unfolds, the Diamondbacks can be almost certain the Dodgers won't celebrate in their pool this year. The Dodgers' final game of the season here is Aug. 27.