LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shane Victorino finally got to play for the Dodgers, the team that signed him in 1999 but lost him twice in the Rule 5 draft.
His homecoming wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
Victorino was hitless in four at-bats, and Los Angeles managed just two harmless singles against Triple-A call-up Patrick Corbin and three relievers Wednesday in a 4-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
A two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove outfielder, Victorino was acquired from Philadelphia in the final hours before Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. He helped the Phillies win five straight NL East titles from 2007-11 and played a key role in Philadelphia’s back-to-back NL championship series triumphs over the Dodgers in 2008 and 2009.
“You always want to get to the team that drafted you in the big leagues,” Victorino said. “Now I get to wear Dodger Blue again — not as a young kid, but as a guy who has had time in the big leagues, has had some fun and some great moments. I’m trying to relive those moments here.”
Victorino was reunited with first base coach Davey Lopes, who held the same job with the Phillies from 2007-10 and helped turn Victorino into a successful base stealer. He had only four steals in 174 games with Philadelphia before Lopes got there, but averaged 33 over his next four seasons.
“He’s made himself into an outstanding player, offensively and defensively,” said Lopes, who led the NL with 77 stolen bases in 1975 and 63 in 1976. “He has a good makeup, he’s good in the clubhouse, and he plays hard. He plays to beat you. It’s a good acquisition for us, and I’m just looking forward to working with him again.”
The Dodgers’ only hits were a two-out single by Matt Kemp in the first inning and a two-out single by rookie pitcher Stephen Fife in the second. They were outscored 19-4 during the three-game sweep, which followed Los Angeles’ three-game sweep at rival San Francisco.
“This series scared me from the beginning,” said manager Don Mattingly, who categorized it as a “trap series” before Friday night’s opener. “They hurt us with the long ball all three games and we weren’t hitting the ball.”
Fife (0-1) allowed two runs and six hits over 4 1-3 innings, a year to the day after the Dodgers acquired the 25-year-old right-hander in a multiplayer trade with Boston. He has yielded four runs in 16 1-3 innings during his three big league starts, but has walked three batters in each one.
Miguel Montero opened the scoring in the second inning with an RBI single and made it 4-0 in the eighth with his 13th homer, a two-run shot off Randy Choate. Montero’s three RBIs raised his season total to 64, the most among catchers.
A heads-up baserunning play by Paul Goldschmidt helped the Diamondbacks score their first run after he singled on Fife’s first pitch of the second inning. Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis made a sensational, diving grab of Justin Upton’s bunt after sprinting about 30 feet to the left of the plate, but Goldschmidt got to second after tagging up, and Montero singled him home.
“I saw Justin square around — I wasn’t expecting that — and then I saw it go foul. So I figured I better go back and tag because, if he makes a diving play, then I can make a run for it,” Goldschmidt said. “I took a few hard steps and I saw he was kind of off-balance, so I just put my head down and kept going.”
Chris Johnson made it 2-0 in the fourth with his 10th homer. In three games with the Diamondbacks since being acquired from Houston on Friday, he is 6 for 11 with seven RBIs — including a grand slam against Aaron Harang in the series opener — and has been on base eight times in 13 plate appearances.
Corbin (3-4) struck out five and walked two in his sixth major league start. The 23-year-old left-hander, who began his pro career in the Angels’ organization before going to Arizona with Joe Saunders in a trade for Dan Haren, started against the Dodgers on May 21 and gave up two runs over 5 1-3 innings in a 6-1 loss at Chase Field.
NOTES: Mattingly switched to uniform No. 12 so Victorino could have his familiar No. 8. … Two-time All-Star Bobby Abreu, a 17-year veteran who spent the past three months as a part-time left fielder and pinch-hitter for the Dodgers after the Angels released him, was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for Victorino. “He handled it well,” Mattingly said. “Bobby’s a professional, and up to this point he’s had a great career. If he doesn’t get claimed, he could end up back here with the expansion of the rosters. But Bobby’s got his own decision to make as to what he’d like to do.”