P Godley struggles as LA avoids sweep
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley throws in the first inning against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles trounced Arizona to avoid being swept on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES – Zack Godley’s first inning on Sunday afternoon could hardly have gone better. He struck out two batters on three pitches each. He recorded the third out on a first-pitch ground ball. Seven pitches, seven strikes. He looked like the same pitcher who mowed down hitters his first two starts of the year.
The rest of Godley’s day was far more challenging. He can tell you what happened. He just can’t tell you why.
“I was struggling with my command out there,” Godley said. “Some days you’ve got it. Some days you don’t.”
All Godley knows for sure is the strike zone abandoned him, he couldn’t get deep into the game and it contributed heavily to a 7-2 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Diamondbacks are 15 games into their season. They have lost only three times. Sunday’s was the first in which they never really seemed to be in the
Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Butcher, front, reaches the mound to talk with starting pitcher Zack Godley, center, in the second inning of Sunday’s game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.