P God­ley strug­gles as LA avoids sweep

The Arizona Republic - - Front Page - JAYNE KAMIN-ON­CEA/USA TO­DAY

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.

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