It is official; the Dodgers (16-23) now have the worst bullpen in all of baseball. That stinkpen was on full display on Saturday night in the Dodger’s 5-3 loss to the Reds. That’s the Dodgers third consecutive loss to the Cincinnati club. The Dodgers season is spiraling out of control and unless changes are made now they will sink further and further into the abyss. My guess is they bottom out into last place, possibly with the worst record in the National League. Once they are clearly out of the race is when the front office will finally decide to do something, correcting their own mistakes.
Tonight it was a shame because it came at the worst time. Well, it always comes at the worst times. The Dodger bats had finally come to life, (for them at least) exploding for three runs on twelve hits. The Dodgers actually had a 3-1 lead entering the top of the sixth inning and starter Ross Stripling was pitching well. Then the horrible bullpen came into the game, and instantly blew the lead within the blink of an eye. J.T. Chargois allowed four runs in the sixth frame and the Dodgers were unable to recover. The Dodger stadium faithful were stunned and rained boos down upon the field. Who can blame them? The Dodgers are more than boo-worthy.
Reds 5 13 0
Dodgers 3 12 1
I want to ask a question for Dodger’s management. Why in the world was Stripling removed in the middle of the inning after making only 79 pitches? I have a hard time believing that he can’t make more than 80 pitches in a start. Why would you want to go to the bullpen anyways? If the relievers are unable to hold leads than you’re going to have to stick with the starters longer in games.
But before that fateful sixth inning doomed the Dodgers, they were winning what seemed like a comfortable game. The Dodgers were unable to plate anybody in the first few innings, leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the first and second and third in the bottom of the second.
The Dodgers punched through in the bottom of the third when Cody Bellinger bombed one into the right field pavilions to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers added another run in the fourth when the punch-less Austin Barnes singled (he had two hits on the day), and was sacrificed to second. Joc Pederson’s RBI dunker into right scored him and the Dodgers went ahead 2-0.
The Dodgers seemingly gave opposing starter Homer Bailey a knockout blow in the bottom of the fifth when Chris Taylor and red hot Max Muncy had consecutive doubles to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Bailey had a rough night allowing three earned runs on ten hits over five frames while striking out four. Dodger Stadium organist Dieter Ruehle serenaded him with the Simpsons theme song whenever he did anything wrong.
The Reds got on the board in the top of the fifth thanks to a Jesse Winker RBI single. But otherwise Stripling was pitching great. Going into the top of the sixth he had struck out seven and allowed just one run on four hits. He hadn’t walked anyone and it was looking like the Dodgers were in for a good night. But of course the management’s flawed philosophies of short outings from the starters and long ugly bullpen outings reared its ugly ahead again. After striking out Joey Votto looking, Stripling allowed a single to Scooter Gennett. He was instantly hooked. Chargois came into the game and immediately blew the lead. We can’t be surprised at this point.
The inning was a disaster. There was a comebacker that Chargois couldn’t glove. Then former Dodger Scott Schebler’s three-run shot to left gave the Reds 4-3 lead. Later in the inning, Alex Blandino’s RBI double put the Reds up 5-3. Do I really have to explain to you what the Dodger bats did the rest of the game? I’ll give you a hit, they did nothing. The Dodgers were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. The Reds sweep the Dodgers Tomorrow when Luis Castillo and Rich Hill face off with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM PST.