Dodgers Way Quick Hits: LA Seeing Red After Getting Swept
After losing 3-1 Wednesday night and suffering a sweep at the hands of the Cardinals, the Dodgers are now seeing red. If they want to make the playoffs for a sixth straight season, the team needs to go on a run starting Friday.
The Dodgers lost another tough game last night as for the second time in three games, Kenley Jansen gave up two runs and was the losing pitcher for the Dodgers. Despite an ace-like effort from Walker Buehler, the Dodgers offense once again came up empty when the stakes were the highest.
Lately, the Dodger offense has had an issue coming through with runners in scoring position. Last night, the offense only went 0-2 with runners in scoring position as the offense was stifled and no-hit through five innings by Jack Flaherty. It was a duel of future aces, but the Dodgers were unable to produce runs even when Flaherty was removed from the game.
In the eighth inning, the Dodgers had a golden opportunity to blow the game open as the bases were loaded with two outs for Manny Machado. Despite getting ahead 2-0, Machado ended the inning by grounding out to shortstop and Dakota Hudson got out of the bases loaded jam. The Dodgers finally play non-contenders for the next two series but the way the Dodgers have been playing, there are not going to be any easy games.
The Dodgers stand 4.5 back of first place in the NL West heading into Thursday’s off day, and if the club wants to make the playoffs they need to win at least four of the next five games against the Padres and Rangers. The talent is there for the Dodgers to make a comeback, but the issue is the talent has been there but is not producing wins.
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- Dustin May made his second straight scoreless start for the Tulsa Drillers as he pitched 6 2/3 innings last night while allowing just four hits and no runs. After four starts for the Drillers, May now has a 2.82 ERA and has held the opposition to a .198 average in Double-A. The soon to be twenty-one year old has a chance to get to Los Angeles by the end of next season.
- Brock Stewart pitched five innings and allowed just one earned run for the OKC Dodgers last night. Stewart who was knocked around in the majors this season has quietly rebounded in OKC and has a 2.61 ERA in Triple-A. Stewart should be one of the arms who get called up when rosters expand in September.
- The Dodger offense reached a new low last night as their two through six hitters in the order went a combined 0-16. That included Turner, Machado, Bellinger, Dozier, and Muncy for two at-bats. If the offense doesn’t find consistency soon then the playoffs will be nothing but a dream.
- If there was anything positive to take from Kenley Jansen’s outing last night, it’s the fact that Jansen’s velocity seemed to be as high as it’s been in a while. Jansen threw as hard as 96 miles per hour but unfortunately he was burned by the long ball.