Moves backfire on Torey Lovullo, Diamondbacks as Dodgers rally late

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo (17) looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. /Mandatory Credit/ Richard Mackson-USA TODAY

By Nick Piecoro | Arizona Republic

A year ago, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo routinely asked for an extra out or an extra inning from his starting pitchers. They rewarded him with a trip to the postseason. He has tried going back to that playbook this year. The results haven’t been nearly as smooth.

Lovullo’s decision to stick with right-hander Zack Greinke into the eighth inning might have cost the Diamondbacks the game in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. Whether it’s an outcome that costs them more than that won’t be known until October.

“That’s not a good one,” Greinke said, “because of where we are in the season.”

BOX SCORE:  Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 2

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September 2018