By: Kayla Mortellaro
PHOENIX, Ariz.— The bats heated up for the Diamondbacks against the reigning NL Cy Young Winner Clayton Kerhsaw and the Dodgers Saturday night.
A crowd of 37,636 at Chase Field witnessed Arizona outlast Los Angeles 6-0. The top of the order for the Dbacks was stellar against Kershaw. Combined, Pollock, Inciarte, Goldschmidt and Trumbo were 8 of 15 with one walk and were responsible for all six runs batted in.
In total, the Dbacks had 10 hits versus Kershaw, which was just the third time he had given up 10 or more hits in his career.
Pollock, who reached base four times on three hits and a walk said having a game plan and sticking to it was the key to success against the Dodgers ace.
“You got to stick with a plan,” Pollock said post game. “It’s going to work sometimes and it’s not. He’s going to make great pitches and you hope the pitch that you can handle, that you do something with it and today I did.”
Goldschmidt hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning that sent Kershaw to the dugout for the night. Goldy’s bat has been good the last two games with back-to-back home runs against the Dodgers.
Dbacks Manager Chip Hale attributes the batting success to hitting coach Turner Ward and assistant hitting coach Mark Grace.
“I think Turner and Mark Grace did a good job of looking at video and had a little game plan that they put together as group and they stuck to it,” Hale said. “I don’t really want to give it away but they did a nice job.”
Hale admitted getting off to a good start was important for his young ball club.
“I felt like the guys were ready from pitch number one today and that’s how we want to play every night,” he said. “You want to protect your own house and that’s important to our guys.”
In the “Beat LA” series, the Diamondbacks lead 2-0 with the third game of the series concluding Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. Arizona will send starting pitcher Josh Collmenter to the mound to face LA’s Zack Greinke.