Mattingly hopes to end Dodgers' struggles in the desert

PHOENIX -- With a former Dodger official as CEO and a former Dodger hero as manager, the Arizona Diamondbacks have put together a team that knows how to beat the Dodgers.

Derrick Hall, Kirk Gibson and Co. entered Saturday's game 11-2 against the Dodgers over the last 13 games, including six straight at Chase Field. Last year, Arizona was 12-6 against the Dodgers, 6-3 at home.

"Honestly, I can't really answer it," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "A couple of the games were low scoring, so give some credit to their pitching. This park is conducive to runs. Some games we've had leads we gave up late. They've got a good club. They're well coached. They play hard. They don't stop playing. But I can't answer why we've lost 'X' amount of games."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.