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.
Shane Victorino talks with Dodgers teammate Matt Treanor in the dugout during Los Angeles’ 4-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Victorino, acquired from the Phillies on Tuesday, went 0-for-4 in his Dodgers debut.
Shane Victorino hits a fly ball to center field in the second inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 4-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Victorino leaves the batter’s box on a groundout in the first inning Wednesday.
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. The Wailuku native helped the Phillies win five straight National League 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."
Victorino, who played in center field with the Phillies, started in left field in his Dodgers debut. All-Star Matt Kemp was in center.
The Dodgers' only hits were a two-out single by 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 the series 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.
Corbin (3-4) struck out five and walked two in his sixth major league start.