McCarthy struggles, bats silent in D-Backs loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2014 at 1:00 am •  Published: April 12, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Another bad outing for an Arizona starting pitcher And a night the Diamondbacks couldn't hit, either.

The result was a 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

The Dodgers were making their first trip to Chase Field since clinching the NL West title there last September and, to the Diamondbacks' disdain, celebrating in the ballpark's swimming pool.

Arizona did nothing to make it a painful return.

Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two hits in seven dominant innings and Adrian Gonzalez drove in five runs, including a two-run first-inning homer off Brandon McCarthy.

McCarthy (0-2) allowed six runs on 10 hits in seven innings.

The Diamondbacks were shut out at home by the Dodgers for the first time in 11 seasons.

"I haven't really felt like I have thrown terribly this season," he said. "It has just been a few pitches in there that have gone wrong and they happen to really hurt me. Whether it is a combination of bad luck and bad pitches, it is really getting old."

McCarthy's ERA stands at 7.78, and to show how the Arizona rotation is stumbling, it's only the third-worst among Arizona's five starters. One of those starters, Randall Delgado, has been demoted to the bullpen. Manager Kirk Gibson said after the game that Josh Collmenter would be the starter Monday against the New York Mets.

Ryu, pitching on an extra day's rest, threw seven dominant innings, allowing two hits, striking out eight and walking one. He retired 18 of his last 19 batters and allowed only a pair of singles by Miguel Montero.

Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy (0-2) in the first inning, doubled in two more in the third and had an RBI single in the eighth. The Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez was 3 for 4 with two doubles, drove in a run and scored three times.

Gonzalez and Ramirez said the Dodgers talked about being aggressive because they knew McCarthy throws a lot of strikes.

Gonzalez certainly was, swinging on the first pitch he saw and sending the ball into the right-field seats, not too far from the pool.

"I wasn't going to give him an easy strike" he said.

Jamey Wright pitched two hitless innings to complete the shutout, which took just 2 hours, 26 minutes. The Dodgers had not blanked the Diamondbacks in Arizona since July 27, 2003, according to STATS.

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