Laz Diaz was last behind the plate for a Dodger game on June 1st in Denver. His strike-zone for last night's game was mostly the same as that game, in which Kershaw went 7 innings en route to an 11-4 Dodger victory. Tonight, Laz called strikes on 7 of 14 pitches in the expanded outside corner to LH hitters, but if we use his farthest out/low strikes as a guideline there were only two calls inconsistent with that region, 1 miss for each team: Ball 1 to Gonzalez in the third inning (0-0 count, 1 out, runner at 2B, LI 1.50)
Ball 4 to Joe Panik in the fifth inning (3-0 count, 2 outs, nobody on, LI 0.43)
For RH hitters, Diaz gave the Dodgers the benefit of his farthest inside and outside called strikes: Strike 2 to Heston in the third inning (0-1 count, 0 outs, runner at 1B, LI 1.84)
Strike 3 to Duffy in the fourth inning (1-2 count, 1 out, nobody on, LI 0.62)
Vertically Diaz called one high strike: Strike 2 to Pagan in the fifth inning (3-1 count, 2 outs, runner at 1B, LI 0.83)
And had some consistency problems with the lower portion of his zone (as most do). Compare: Ball 3 to Crawford in the second inning to Strike 1 to Crawford in the fourth inning.
The difference obviously is fastball vs. curveball. That is why pitchers that rely heavily on their curveball, as Bolsinger does, sometimes run into problems. Umpires will seldom call high curveballs or low curveballs, as they are too difficult to judge. And, Strike 1 to Aoki in the first inning to Ball 2 to Crawford in the second inning.
Both balls counted against the Dodgers in Diaz' DLAZ Zone Score. Overall a pretty good game from Diaz that very slightly favored the Giants.
Close Calls & Reviews:
There were no challenges to reviews in the game. No balks to discuss either.