During the exhibition Freeway Series a pipe burst underneath Dodger Stadium spewing noxious liquid onto the field. That seemed to be a smelly omen as the Dodgers got off to one of the worst starts to a regular season in nearly 60 years. On Monday evening there was a power outage at Dodger Stadium during the top of the second inning that delayed the game for 23 minutes. This again was sure to be a fateful sign. But it wasn’t the electricity that developed a power outage, but actually the Dodger bats. The boys in blue dropped the opening game of their four game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers by a 5-2 score.
This wasn’t like the Sunday game against Atlanta in which they were nearly no-hit. The Dodgers stranded an unfathomable 11 men and were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. Throughout the game the Dodgers had the opportunity to knock opposing starter Wily Peralta out of the box but again were not able to gather a hit with runners in scoring position.
Brewers 5 10 0
Dodgers 2 5 0
The Dodgers returned home after a long and grueling road trip saw them win 6 of the 10 games against good teams. This was Manny Machado’s Dodger Stadium debut and he did not disappoint in that regard. He homered in the bottom of the ninth and scored the Dodgers only other run. Otherwise there wasn’t much to cheer for on the offensive side.
The Dodgers scored their first of two runs in the bottom of the third when Manny Machado walked and Max Muncy tripled him in. At that point the Dodgers were down 4-1. Then back-to-back walks loaded the bases, but as I mentioned above, the Dodgers were unable to get any situational hitting as they left the bases loaded. They then went on to leave two on in the fourth, one in the fifth, and two more in the seventh.
Dodger starter Kenta Maeda just didn’t have it. The Brewers loaded the bases in the top of the first and plated the first run on an RBI single from Travis Shaw. Maeda recovered nicely to retire the next three hitters and after a 1-2-3 second inning things seemed to have settled down for him. But with two outs in the top of the third (consecutive line drive outs were a sign) the Milwaukee club got a walk to Shaw, a single to Ryan Braun and then Eric Thames smashed a three-run homer to put the Brew Crew up 4-0. Machado did homer in the bottom of the ninth with nobody on base but it was too little too late.
The Brewers added one more in the top of the eighth and that was all she wrote. Luckily for the Dodgers the Dbacks lost in Arlington so their 1.5 game lead in the National League West is still intact. Colorado lost too so the Dodgers don’t lose any ground in the division. On a tough note the Dodgers placed Ross Stripling on the disabled list before the game due to right toe inflammation. That’s a rough blow for the Dodgers as he has been their best starter this season. In the meantime there is nothing new to report on the trade front with the deadline approaching tomorrow. The Brewers/Dodgers series continues on Tuesday as Walker Buehler takes the mound for the Dodgers. Milwaukee will counter with left hander Wade Miley.