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By Jon Weisman
Jamey Wright, born in 1974, pitched the fifth inning for the Dodgers today.
Jose De Leon, born in 1992, pitched the sixth inning for the Dodgers today.
As wide as that age gap was, both could feel pleased with their performances.
De Leon went two shutout innings in the undefeated Dodgers’ 7-2 victory over the Diamondbacks — recapped at MLB.com — and struck out four, allowing two hits (with a throwing error), but also inducing a 6-4-3 double play.
“Jose throwing strikes, keeping the ball down,” Roberts said. “Mixes his offspeed pitches in there. Had a baserunner on, held the runner well. Mixed in a quick step once in a while. Just his composure he had out there was good to see.”
Wright retired all three batters he faced, striking out one.
“Jamey threw the ball well,” Roberts said. “He said all along the ball’s coming out well. … It was good to see him have a clean inning.”
Former first-round pick Chris Anderson added two shutout innings in the victory, which also featured an offensive show by third baseman Rob Segedin.
Segedin homered in both of his at-bats off the bench today, to go with his RBI double Thursday. The 27-year-old Tulane grad, acquired January 12 from the Yankees, OPSed .787 at Double-A and Triple-A combined last year. He also made a diving stop for an out in the bottom of the ninth.
“He’s a baseball player,” Roberts said. “He’s had some injuries throughout his career that have held him back, but he catches the baseball, he can throw it with accuracy, and every time he gets in the box he’s a threat. He just finds a way to put the barrel to it — he’s fun to watch.”
Shawn Zarraga, a last-minute starter at designated hitter, added two hits. The 245-pounder also scored from first on a Charlie Culberson double, one of three two-baggers by Los Angeles. Trayce Thompson and Alex Hassan had the others.
Dodger starters Howie Kendrick, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig got the Dodgers to an early lead with two singles and a sacrifice fly. Corey Brown added an RBI single off Arizona starter Shelby Miller in the second inning to help support the two shutout innings by Kenta Maeda.
Roberts said Alex Guerrero tweaked his left knee on a slide. He was held out of today’s game to get treatment but did not need tests, Roberts said. He’ll be reevaluated Sunday.