Offense remains silent in 14-inning loss
D-backs have been shut out for 31 innings in a row
LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in franchise history, the D-backs have gone winless on a nine-game road trip.
The final loss was every bit as painful as the others as the D-backs dropped a 1-0 decision to the Dodgers in 14 innings on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
It was the 10th straight loss for the D-backs, and it was their fourth time in a row they had lost in walkoff fashion. That ties a Major League record, which has been done numerous times. The last team to have that happen to it was the 1989 Tigers from July 20-23.
"I wouldn't wish this road trip upon anybody," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said.
While pitching, particularly on the relief side, may have been an issue for the D-backs at points this season, it's the offense that went missing in the series with the Dodgers.
The D-backs scored four runs in the series and they all came in the opening game. By the time Wednesday's game ended, Arizona was sitting on a scoreless innings streak of 31, a franchise record, but still well short of the Major League record of 48 set by the 1968 Chicago Cubs.
"We've got to get back to putting up quality plate appearances," Hinch said. "Our outs are quick outs and our misses are in the air right now. We've got to keep trying to find a way to do it."
The lack of offense spoiled a masterful performance by Edwin Jackson, who allowed just three hits and three walks while fanning six in nine innings.
"Great game," Hinch said. "Best game of the year for him. Especially at the end there when the game was on the line. We rode him pretty hard today and he stepped up, and nine innings of shutout baseball, what more can you ask out of a starting pitcher? He did it with guts, he did it with swagger, he came right after them."
Jackson's legs began cramping late in the game, but the right-hander refused to come out of the game. With two outs and runners on first and second in the ninth, he got Andre Ethier to line out to end the inning and afterward, he exchanged high-fives in the dugout with his teammates and received a hug from his manager.
"When I came off the field I was able to say that I left it all on the field," Jackson said. "That's one of those situations where ninth inning, two outs, runners on first and second where a base hit wins the game, and to be able to get out of it with a hitter like Ethier up, it is definitely enough to fire somebody up. It's just one of those situations where you want the ball. You just want to finish what you started."
That would be impossible for Jackson as the game stretched on far too long for him to stay in.
The two teams remained scoreless until the 14th when Matt Kemp led off with a single against Cesar Valdez, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then to third when James Loney grounded out to second for the second out of the inning.
Garret Anderson then blooped a ball to center that Chris Young dove for and just barely missed catching. Young said he was not aware at the time that he had trapped the ball and he jumped up to show the umpire he had the ball in his glove to no avail. As the Dodgers celebrated on the field for the third straight day, Young walked slowly off the field and watched the play again on video in the clubhouse.
"I just started too far away from it," he said. "Garret pulls the ball a little bit so I was a little more on the right-center field side. Valdez actually made a good pitch and he just flared it out there into no man's land. I just tried to make an attempt on it and I just didn't get there. At the time I didn't know if I caught it or not. He made the right call."
The D-backs head home to open a 10-game homestand against the Rockies, Braves and Cardinals.
"We're going to have to reach within ourselves and kind of put our pride out there," Young said. "It's embarrassing losing. We don't like losing like this. Our goal is to continue to compete. By no means are we giving up no matter how it looks out there. Nobody is giving up and we're going to keep fighting."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.