Diamondbacks Deny Dodgers' NL West Destiny
Posted by Amanda Macke on Sep 19, 2013 - 12:25:29 AM
PHOENIX—The Los Angeles Dodgers lost 9-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night, delaying the Dodgers' crowning of the National League West title.
The loss at Chase Stadium was game three of a four game series against the Diamondbacks. A win Wednesday would have sealed the Dodgers’ first place spot for the National League Western Division. Replacing Clayton Kershaw as starting pitcher was Stephen Fife, who had not started a game since August 4.
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Fife struggled as commander of the mound, allowing four runs on six hits. He was pulled out halfway into the second inning, with
Arizona leading 4-0 by the third inning.
Controversy erupted at the top of the sixth, when umpire Jim Joyce called “out” on Michael Young’s slide into home base as catcher Miguel Montero’s reached for the tag. Adrian Gonzalez’s visible anger at the close call caused him to be ejected from second base by umpire Andy Fletcher.
The Dodgers rallied with a home run by Puig and runs by Crawford, Young, Gonzalez and Punto to bring the score to
Arizona leading by only 4-3 in the seventh.
The close game went south for the Dodgers by the eighth inning when
Arizona scored five runs against Belisario, the Dodgers' sixth pitcher of the night. Final score was a 9-4 win for the Diamondbacks.
Despite the night’s discouraging loss, the Dodgers have proven to be a highly resilient team. The team spent 55 consecutive days in last place earlier this season to be now poised as champions of the National League Western Division. Four years have passed since the Dodgers last clinched a NL West championship title.
Prior to Wednesday's game, the team announced on their Twitter page that their Twitter followers would be able to purchase postseason tickets this Friday at 9 a.m. before they go on sale to the general public. Ticket pricing is listed on the official Los Angeles Dodgers website, with prices ranging from $36 to $166 for the division series, $71 to $196 for the National League Championship Series and $192 to $356 for a possible World Series. The Dodgers are offering fans postseason rights to 2013 NLDS and NLCS home games at Dodger Stadium with full purchase of 2014 season tickets as a limited time offer.
The fourth and last game against the Diamondbacks took place on Thursday, September 19, at 12:40 p.m.