dust of may he did his best on Friday night.

But after an almost flawless season opener from dodgers the night before, not even May’s seven blank tickets were enough to prevent a 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

There were wasted opportunities at the plate, with the Dodgers stranding 12 runners on base and going hitless in seven at-bats with men in scoring position.

There was a late bullpen lead, with alex vesia delivering a two-run home run to Kyle Lewis in the top of the eighth moments later mookie bets he had launched a solo blast to break a goalless draw.

Even the pregame festivities became an awkward affair, with a crowd of 45,387 at Dodger Stadium loudly booing the exhibitionist antics of first-pitch honorees Logan Paul and KSI, YouTube stars who also founded a video company. energy drinks that the Dodgers partnered with this offseason.

If Thursday’s performance showed the Dodgers in their prime, Friday was a reminder of the problems his new team has to solve, even on a night when they were backed by a dominant starting pitcher.

“Every day,” manager Dave Roberts said, “I’m trying to learn even more about the guys.”

The most encouraging lesson Friday came courtesy of May, who checked all the boxes the Dodgers expected to see from the 25-year-old flamethrower in the longest and perhaps most complete outing of his young career.

Arizona's Kyle Lewis crosses home plate in front of Dodgers catcher Will Smith.

Arizona’s Kyle Lewis, right, crosses home plate in front of Dodgers catcher Will Smith after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

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He hit the zone and worked fast with light contact. He mixed up all five of his pitches, from a 100 mph fastball to a missing curveball, striking out four and issuing just three hits and one walk.

Above all, the ferocious right-hander kept his emotions in check, or, more importantly, channeled them in the right direction, as he strutted around the mound.

“[It went] very good,” May said. “She was passing a lot of guys, getting a lot of quick outs.”

Diamondbacks pitchers met a much different fate. While the Dodgers collected just five hits, they drew nine walks and had at least one runner in every inning. Starter Merrill Kelly was thrown out in the bottom of the fourth, and the team’s erratic bullpen faced gridlock the rest of the night.

Unlike Thursday’s opener, however, the Dodgers didn’t take advantage of nearly every opportunity.

Mookie Betts hits a solo home run off Arizona reliever Drey Jameson in the seventh inning on Friday.

Mookie Betts hits a solo home run off Arizona reliever Drey Jameson in the seventh inning on Friday. It was Betts’ first hit of the season.

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They stranded at least one man in all nine innings and left two aboard in the first, fourth and eighth.

They suffered a base running error in the second, when david peralta was caught attempting a steal in what had been his own decision (the call was reduced to a closed video review) just hours after Roberts proclaimed that the Dodgers were “not in the business of finding outs,” even under MLB’s new friendly baserunning rules.

And then, even after the Dodgers finally went ahead with Betts’ first home run of the year, they couldn’t hold the lead.

Tasked with taking down a left-handed portion of the Diamondbacks lineup, Vesia faltered against a pair of right-handed pinch hitters.

With one out, Evan Longoria hit a full count fastball to left for a double. One batter later, Kyle Lewis fired up a 2-and-1 slider that went flying into the left-field pavilion.

“Just a bad pitch,” said Vesia, who downplayed the impact MLB’s new pitch timer had on the inning. “I felt like I was in a decent rhythm.”

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Roberts pointed to other unfortunate moments for his team. After an opening walk in the third, Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and Max Muncy all flew with swings well put.

With two out in the eighth, Miguel Rojas chipped at a potential tying line drive that was caught by shortstop Nick Ahmed.

And despite having the top of the order in the ninth and getting a runner to second base with two out again, the Dodgers gave up one last chance to follow through on Thursday’s victory with a spectacular Friday night encore wasted. .

“We had traffic, we squared some balls,” Roberts said. “But unfortunately, it was just on those guys.”

Tony Gonsolin makes progress

Tony Gonsolin appears to be finally making progress in his recovery from a sprained ankle.

More than three weeks since he hurt himself when he sprained his ankle while jogging out of a backfield in Dodgers spring training, Gonsolin is back to pitching to the bullpen.

“Tony is doing well,” Roberts said, a day after the right-hander threw about 30 pitches in a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium.

Roberts said Gonsolin will return to the team’s facility at Camelback Ranch in Arizona next week to face hitters on Wednesday.

The team expected Gonsolin to return to its major league rotation by the end of April. Meanwhile, Michael Grove is slated to get at least 2-3 starts in Gonsolin’s place.

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