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Dodgers Lose Game and Rich Hill in Easter Sunday Defeat to D-Backs

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost pitcher Rich Hill (blister), and then they lost the game, 3-1, to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Easter Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

Instead of bunnies, the Dodgers were talking about blisters.

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost pitcher Rich Hill, and then they lost the game, 3-1, to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Easter Sunday at Dodger Stadium. 

Chris Iannetta homered for Arizona, but the game was overshadowed by the lingering blister problem of $48 million dollar man, Rich Hill.

"I can't believe I'm standing here talking about a blister," said Hill in front of reporters after the game. "I'm not 100 percent sure if there's anything we've uncovered that would help keep it at bay. Other than that, I really don't have any other answers."

Hill missed two months of the season last year because of a blister and was placed on the 10-day disabled list after his Opening Series start this year, with the early symptoms of another blister on his left middle finger.

"Really this just came about in the first game against San Diego," continued Hill. "This is the most frustrating part to not go out there and produce, do my job, but also tax the bullpen. I take responsibility for that."

Hill was activated from the DL on Sunday, but didn't make it past the third inning as he was removed from the game after re-aggravating the blister before the start of the fourth inning. He threw just 54 pitches before leaving the game.

"I took a swing when I was on-deck and I looked down and I had noticed that it opened up," Hill said of when he first realized the blister had opened up. "I was pretty disappointed at that point, but I was able to come back out for the third inning." 

Hill (1-1) is likely headed back to the DL on Monday and currently, there is no timetable for his return. Before leaving the game, Hill allowed two runs on five hits with two talks and two strikeouts in just three innings.

"It just made sense to get him out of the game," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "It's better than we expected, but there is some irritation to the new skin. We don't know right now the situation as far as DL or not, we'll make that decision tomorrow. He's frustrated and we all share that sentiment."

Yasiel Puig continued his torrid start to the season as the Wild Horse hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning for the Dodgers lone run, his team-leading 11th RBI of the season.

The lone highlight for the Dodgers came on the defensive end as Joc Pederson tracked down a ball in centerfield before crashing into the wall.

Paul Goldschmidt was 2-for-4 with an RBI single and Taijuan Walker (2-1) recorded his second victory in a Snakes' uniform as he allowed just one run on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in five innings.

"The game plan was to be aggressive," said Walker of his start. "Chris [Iannetta] and I said before the game, just go out there and beat them with your best pitch. I really just used the fastball a lot and it was effective."

Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

The Dodgers struggles with the bases loaded carried over into Sunday's contest.

Los Angeles loaded the bases in the first inning off Walker, but Pederson struck out to end the inning. After the at-bat, the Dodgers are now 0-for-10 in their last plate appearances with the bases loaded over their last 11 games.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will face another left-hander on Monday as Arizona sends LHP Robbie Ray to the mound. L.A. will counter with RHP Brandon McCarthy as the Dodgers try and win the series. First pitch is 7:10PM PST.

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