Friday, June 14, 2024

Dodgers can’t dig out of another hole, as Diamondbacks take 2-0 lead in NLDS

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  • The Dodgers’ Will Smith stands at the plate after striking...

    The Dodgers’ Will Smith stands at the plate after striking out looking to end the seventh inning during Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy can’t field a bunt single...

    Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy can’t field a bunt single by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers center fielder James Outman makes a leaping catch on...

    Dodgers center fielder James Outman makes a leaping catch on a sacrifice fly hit by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers center fielder James Outman makes a leaping catch on...

    Dodgers center fielder James Outman makes a leaping catch on a ball hit by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers center fielder James Outman makes a leaping catch on...

    Dodgers center fielder James Outman makes a leaping catch on a sacrifice fly hit by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers center fielder James Outman slams into the wall after...

    Dodgers center fielder James Outman slams into the wall after making a leaping catch on a sacrifice fly hit by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll, left, scores past Dodgers catcher...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll, left, scores past Dodgers catcher Will Smith on a sacrifice fly hit by Christian Walker during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller tosses a baseball after the...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller tosses a baseball after the Arizona Diamondbacks scored a run during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller tosses a baseball after the...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller tosses a baseball after the Arizona Diamondbacks scored a run during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll celebrates in the dugout after...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice foul ball hit by Christian Walker during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte celebrates in the dugout after...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a ground ball by Gabriel Moreno during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller shows his frustration after the...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller shows his frustration after the Arizona Diamondbacks scored a run during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller, left, talks with catcher Will...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller, left, talks with catcher Will Smith during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller tosses a baseball after the...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller tosses a baseball after the Arizona Diamondbacks scored a run during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior, center, talks with starting pitcher...

    Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior, center, talks with starting pitcher Bobby Miller, right, and catcher Will Smith after a run scored during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior, center, talks with starting pitcher...

    Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior, center, talks with starting pitcher Bobby Miller, right, and catcher Will Smith after a run scored during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham, right, scores past Dodgers catcher...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham, right, scores past Dodgers catcher Will Smith on a single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham, left, celebrates with Alek Thomas...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham, left, celebrates with Alek Thomas after Pham scored on a single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller tosses a baseball during the...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller tosses a baseball during the second inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller looks at the ball after...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller looks at the ball after giving up two runs during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller reacts after giving up a...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller reacts after giving up a run during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws to the plate...

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman runs up the base line for...

    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman runs up the base line for an infield single during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman loses his helmet as he runs...

    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman loses his helmet as he runs for an infield single during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman, right, beats Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher...

    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman, right, beats Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen, left, to first base for a hit during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman is safe at first ahead of...

    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman is safe at first ahead of Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman is safe at first ahead of...

    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman is safe at first ahead of Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman gestures toward his dugout after hitting...

    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman gestures toward his dugout after hitting an infield single during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller adjusts his cap during the...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller adjusts his cap during the second inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo lays down a successful sacrifice...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo lays down a successful sacrifice bunt to advance Evan Longoria to second base during the second inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers shortstop Miguel Rojas throws out the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tommy...

    Dodgers shortstop Miguel Rojas throws out the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham at first base during the second inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller, right, walks off the mound...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller, right, walks off the mound after being replaced by Manager Dave Roberts, left, as catcher Will Smith looks on during the second inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller leaves the mound during the...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller leaves the mound during the second inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller walks off the mound after...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller walks off the mound after being replaced during the second inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller stands alone in the dugout...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller stands alone in the dugout after being replaced during the second inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger manager Dave Roberts, left, talks with starting pitcher Bobby...

    Dodger manager Dave Roberts, left, talks with starting pitcher Bobby Miller after he removed him during the second inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller sits in the dugout after...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller sits in the dugout after giving up three runs during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol throws to the plate during the third inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol celebrates after getting the Arizona...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol celebrates after getting the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to line out during the third inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws to the plate...

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers center fielder James Outman, left, and shortstop Miguel Rojas...

    Dodgers center fielder James Outman, left, and shortstop Miguel Rojas look on from the dugout railing during the third inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior, left, and Manager Dave Roberts...

    Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior, left, and Manager Dave Roberts look on from the dugout during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Evan Longoria shows his frustration in front...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Evan Longoria shows his frustration in front of Dodgers catcher Will Smith after being called out on strikes during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts walks to the mound before removing...

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts walks to the mound before removing relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol (not pictured) from the game during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, walks to the mound to...

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, walks to the mound to remove relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol (48) from the game during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol tries to rally the crowd...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol tries to rally the crowd after being replaced during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol gestures toward the fans after...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol gestures toward the fans after being removed during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • From left, Dodgers infielders Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Miguel Rojas...

    From left, Dodgers infielders Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Miguel Rojas and Max Muncy stand together during a pitching change in the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo dives head first into second...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo dives head first into second base on a stolen base attempt during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Perdomo was tagged out. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws to the plate...

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws to the plate during Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez connects for a solo home run...

    The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez connects for a solo home run during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez connects for a solo home run...

    The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez connects for a solo home run during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez connects for a solo home run...

    The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez connects for a solo home run during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez follows through on a solo home...

    The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez follows through on a solo home run during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Corbin Carroll leaps but can’t get...

    Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Corbin Carroll leaps but can’t get to a ball it for a home run by the Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez watches the flight of his solo...

    The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez watches the flight of his solo home run during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez points to the sky after hitting...

    The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez points to the sky after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez, left, celebrates with teammate David Peralta...

    The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez, left, celebrates with teammate David Peralta as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Miguel Rojas hits a single during the fifth...

    The Dodgers’ Miguel Rojas hits a single during the fifth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, center, looks on from the dugout...

    Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, center, looks on from the dugout during the fifth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws to the plate...

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman reacts to striking out during the...

    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman reacts to striking out during the fifth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen celebrates after striking out...

    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen celebrates after striking out the Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman (not pictured) to end the fifth inning in Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman reacts after striking out looking during...

    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman reacts after striking out looking during the fifth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers star Freddie Freeman shows his frustration as he walks...

    Dodgers star Freddie Freeman shows his frustration as he walks back to the dugout after striking out looking to end the fifth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Ryan Brasier throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Ryan Brasier throws to the plate during the fifth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hits a solo home...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hits a solo home...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hits a solo home...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. watches the flight of...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. watches the flight of his solo home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates as he runs...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Actor Jason Bateman watches during the eighth inning of Game...

    Actor Jason Bateman watches during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates as he crosses...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates in the dugout...

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits a single during the sixth...

    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits a single during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy celebrates at first base after hitting...

    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy celebrates at first base after hitting a single during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, far left, replaces starting pitcher...

    Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, far left, replaces starting pitcher Zac Gallen, center, during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Andrew Saalfrank throws to the plate...

    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Andrew Saalfrank throws to the plate during Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Dodgers’ Kike Hernandez hits an RBI single during the...

    The Dodgers’ Kike Hernandez hits an RBI single during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández drives in a run with an...

    The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández drives in a run with an infield single during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández, left, celebrates at first base after...

    The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández, left, celebrates at first base after hitting an RBI single during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy is greeted by teammates after scoring...

    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy is greeted by teammates after scoring a run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez celebrates at first base after hitting...

    The Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez celebrates at first base after hitting a single during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Andrew Saalfrank throws to the plate...

    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Andrew Saalfrank throws to the plate during the sixth inning in Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ James Outman strikes out with the bases loaded...

    The Dodgers’ James Outman strikes out with the bases loaded against Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Andrew Saalfrank during the sixth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Ryan Thompson shows some emotion after...

    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Ryan Thompson shows some emotion after getting the third out of the sixth inning in Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly throws to the plate during Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly shows some emotion after striking...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly shows some emotion after striking out the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham (not pictured) to end the seventh inning and get out of a jam in Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts makes contact and reaches safely on...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts makes contact and reaches safely on an error by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ryan Thompson during the seventh inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman fouls a ball off of his...

    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman fouls a ball off of his knee during the seventh inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers star Freddie Freeman, left, is treated by a trainer...

    Dodgers star Freddie Freeman, left, is treated by a trainer as Manager Dave Roberts, right, looks on after fouling a pitch off his leg during the seventh inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, and a member of the...

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, and a member of the team’s training staff, right, checks on Freddie Freeman after he fouled a ball off of his knee during the seventh inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Kevin Ginkel celebrates after getting the...

    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Kevin Ginkel celebrates after getting the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (not pictured) to ground into an inning-ending double play in the eighth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly throws to the plate during the seventh inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly, left, is greeted by catcher...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly, left, is greeted by catcher Will Smith during Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly, right, is greeted by Manager...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly, right, is greeted by Manager Dave Roberts as he comes to the mound to remove him during the eighth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers outfielders Mookie Betts, left, James Outman, center, and Chris...

    Dodgers outfielders Mookie Betts, left, James Outman, center, and Chris Taylor chat during a pitching change in the eighth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Kevin Ginkel throws to the plate...

    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Kevin Ginkel throws to the plate during the eighth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy strikes out swinging during the eighth...

    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy strikes out swinging during the eighth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy walks back to the dugout after...

    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy walks back to the dugout after striking out during the eighth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers star Mookie Betts watches from the dugout during the...

    Dodgers star Mookie Betts watches from the dugout during the eighth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers shortstop Kike Hernandez throws wide as the Arizona Diamondbacks’...

    Dodgers shortstop Kike Hernandez throws wide as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham (not pictured) is safe at first base during the ninth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers shortstop Kike Hernandez lays on the turf as he watches his wide throw to first base as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham gets there safely during the ninth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham, right, gets to first base safely as a wide throw from Kike Hernandez (not pictured) pulls Dodgers Freddie Freeman off the base during the ninth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers shortstop Kike Hernandez kneels on the turf after his wide throw to first allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham (not pictured) to reach safely during the ninth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Evan Phillips throws to the plate during Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Evan Phillips celebrates after a strikeout during the eighth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers’ bullpen allowed just one run in 7⅓ innings in the 4-2 loss, keeping the team in the game. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Evan Longoria grabs his arm after being hit by a pitch during the ninth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Paul Sewald throws to the plate during the ninth inning of Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Paul Sewald, left, and catcher Gabriel Moreno celebrate after the final out of their 4-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks infielders Geraldo Perdomo, left, and Ketel Marte dance at second base after their 4-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of their National League Division Series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    From left, the Dodgers’ James Outman, Jason Heyward, Max Muncy, Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts sit in the dugout before Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    A member of the Dodgers’ Blue Crew waves a flag before Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    Dodgers star Mookie Betts smiles as he warms up before Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman warms up before Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works out in the bullpen prior to Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw was the losing pitcher in Game 1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Dodgers take batting practice prior to Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw was the losing pitcher in Game 1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers outfielder Jason Heyward warms up before Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers utility man Kike Hernandez heads to the batting cage for batting practice before Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the bullpen prior to...

    Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the bullpen prior to Game 2 of their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw was the losing pitcher in Game 1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodger fans watch a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves on TV screens at Dodger Stadium as they wait for Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

LOS ANGELES — When Brusdar Graterol entered in the second inning Monday night, the theme song of wrestling star “The Undertaker” played over the stadium sound system. It was a reference to Graterol’s costume when the team dressed up on the final road trip of the regular season.

Or was it more foreshadowing than a callback?

The Dodgers have looked like dead men walking through much of the first two games of their National League Division Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks and a 4-2 loss in Game 2 on Monday night has pushed them to the brink of elimination.

“Stuff happens, you know,” Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller said. “But we’re not done yet. They’ve still got to win another game and we know we can do this.”

Stuff has happened alright. The Dodgers have batted .159 (10 for 63) as a team in the first two games. Their two starting pitchers allowed nine runs while recording six outs. And they have trailed for all 18 innings of the series.

“I think we’re playing with nothing to lose,” Diamondbacks closer Paul Sewald said. “Why would we play with anything to lose? We were the sixth seed. We weren’t supposed to win in Milwaukee. No one picked us to win there. No one is going to pick us to beat the Dodgers when we haven’t played well against them.

“I think we’re going out there with a lot of confidence, not afraid to lose.”

They haven’t lost. It’s the Dodgers who are down 2-0 in the best-of-five series and in danger of flat-lining in the first round for the second consecutive fall and the third time in the past five postseasons.

“Nobody dreams this,” said Mookie Betts, 2 for 21 in the Dodgers’ past two postseason series. “But sometimes you have to play the cards that you’re dealt and being down 2-0 is what we’ve been dealt.

“They have some good pitchers and they’re making it tough. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it. You gotta tip your cap to them. They’re doing their job. But we have to battle back. We have to throw a punch at some point.”

The Dodgers’ offense has been punchless so far.

The lineup that produced more than 900 runs during the regular season has scored just two in each NLDS game. Their twin MVP candidates, Betts and Freddie Freeman, have gone a combined 1 for 13 with an infield single by Freeman in the first inning of Game 2 their only hit.

“I mean, they’re our two best players. I think that they know that. … We all know that,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “The last thing I want to do, though, is be redundant in the sense of, ‘We need these guys.’ When you start getting into that kind of mindset, it’s just – in baseball and hitting, in particular – it’s just not helpful. They understand their responsibilities, their role on this ballclub.”

The failures of their depleted starting rotation, however, have hogged the spotlight in the first two games.

After Clayton Kershaw’s disastrous start in Game 1, the Dodgers turned to the 24-year-old Miller, hoping that the rookie nicknamed ‘Bobby Ice’ would not melt on the postseason stage.

Well, he did better than Kershaw.

Miller lasted 11 batters, retiring five of them (one on a sacrifice bunt). His nerves were evident from the start. Only eight of his first 18 pitches found the strike zone including just two first-pitch strikes to the seven batters he faced in the first inning. Miller threw 15 breaking pitches (10 curveballs and five sliders) in the game. Only four were strikes and the Diamondbacks swung at just two.

“I didn’t really feel over-amped. Physically, it was the best I ever felt,” Miller said. “Just get a little too jumpy when I’m feeling that good and let it eat a little too much instead of slowing things down.

“There were just too many times where I fell behind in the count with my offspeed pitches which caused them to be on time for the fastball.”

The Diamondbacks scored three runs in the first inning. Coupled with the Diamondbacks’ six-run first inning against Kershaw in Game 1, it was the first time all year the Dodgers gave up three or more runs in the first innings of back-to-back games.

“Oh it makes it exponentially harder – especially when you give guys like that (Gallen and Game 1 starter Merrill Kelly) a lead,” Betts said. “But they’re doing what they’re supposed to do. They’re giving those guys a lead and letting them pitch downhill. It makes it tough, but it’s still doable, man. No matter what, you gotta figure out a way.”

On the off day on Sunday, Roberts said he would manage Game 2 like a Game 7. He backed that up early, pulling Miller in the second inning and going to his two best relievers for much of the season, Graterol and Ryan Brasier, followed by Joe Kelly and Evan Phillips, extending each of them.

They held the line for a rally that never materialized.

A solo home run by J.D. Martinez in the fourth inning was the Dodgers’ only damage against Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen. They put two runners on with two outs in the fifth but Gallen froze Freeman with a full-count curveball for a called third strike.

“I had a 1-1 cutter that will not let me sleep tonight,” Freeman said of the at-bat. “It was the one pitch I needed to hit and I didn’t hit. Then got three straight curveballs.

“Three straight, you’re not usually used to that. But I mean, it’s not about that. It’s about the 1-1 cutter that I missed.”

When Gallen allowed back-to-back singles with one out in the sixth, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo brought an early hook. With a run of left-handed hitters coming up, Lovullo brought in rookie left-hander Andrew Saalfrank.

Roberts countered with right-handed pinch-hitters Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez. Taylor walked to load the bases and Hernandez bounced a ground ball up the middle that Marte smothered behind second base, allowing one run to score but no more.

Saalfrank struck out James Outman before Lovullo toggled to right-hander Ryan Thompson. Roberts responded by sending left-handed Kolten Wong up as a pinch-hitter. Wong grounded out, stranding the go-ahead runs, and Hernandez’s infield single was the Dodgers’ last hit of the night.

“Not what we envisioned, to be two down. But that’s where we’re at,” Freeman said. “We have to take it one game at a time and go get them on Wednesday.”

“My off-speed was’t really competitive today… Just didn’t do a good job of setting the tone today.” Bobby Miller on his short outing. pic.twitter.com/s3nH2IRy5k

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 10, 2023

Dave Roberts on tonight’s Game 2 loss: “I thought all night long we had pitches to hit and couldn’t do much with them… There’s certainly fight, there always has been, but it comes down to results too.” pic.twitter.com/WD5lno9mJd

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 10, 2023

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