26 Aug

Rich Hill less than perfect as Dodgers lose, 7-3, to Diamondbacks

first_imgPHOENIX >> The Dodgers might want to consider putting Rich Hill in bubble wrap until the playoffs.Hill’s blister wasn’t the issue that put him in harm’s way during Thursday’s 7-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was Archie Bradley.The Diamondbacks right-hander threw inside at Hill when the Dodgers left-hander squared to bunt in the fifth inning. The pitch nearly hit Hill in the left hand on the bat as he dropped a bunt on the right side of the pitcher’s mound.Bradley fielded it and threw Hill out but an angry Hill had started shouting at Bradley even as he ran up the line. The two exchanged expletive-enhanced suggestions for the other to modify his behavior, prompting both benches and bullpens to empty – an extended process with September-swollen rosters on both sides of the field. The Dodgers have averaged fewer than three runs per game in the first seven games of this 10-game trip. Cooler heads prevailed and Hill struck out Bradley on four curveballs in the bottom half of the inning, extracting his revenge by tormenting Bradley rather than bruising him.An inning later, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Hill from a less-than-perfect game. Pitching on regular rest for the first time since July 7 with the Oakland A’s, Hill couldn’t continue the dominant run that started his time with the Dodgers.The left-hander gave up a solo home run to Kyle Jensen with two outs in the second inning, ending a 20-inning scoreless start to his Dodgers’ career and a streak of 27 consecutive batters retired (including his seven perfect innings in Miami on Saturday). It was also the first extra-base hit Hill has allowed in four starts for the Dodgers.The Diamondbacks chipped away at Hill for another run in the second inning on an RBI single by Chris Owings and in the sixth on an RBI single from Paul Goldschmidt that ended the left-hander’s night after 93 pitches and 5-1/3 innings. He watched as the Diamondbacks broke the game open with four more runs including Mitch Haniger’s three-run home run off Dodgers reliever Louis Coleman.Bradley kept both his temper and the Dodgers’ offense in check for most of the night. The Dodgers had just one run in the first six innings on Justin Turner’s RBI double in the fifth. They chased Bradley from the game and scored twice more in the seventh inning with back-to-back doubles by Andrew Toles and Chase Utley doing most of the damage.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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