In his first start of the season Wood had a disastrous meltdown after just five innings, but he bounced back and looked much improved against the Diamondbacks last week. Time would tell which Alex Wood the Dodgers would get this time out.
The Dodgers faced Williams Perez on three days rest, before an Atlanta crowd that I generously estimate at 2,000. Here’s how things went for the Dodgers in Flatlanta.
Two base hits, a walk, and a sacrifice fly resulted in the first score of the game for Atlanta.
Later an RBI single made it Atlanta 2-0.
They went down quietly.
3rd inning Atlanta 2-0
After a smart, 10-pitch at bat, Joc Pederson earned a lead off walk. If nothing else, that was the only bright spot for the Dodgers up to that point.
A hit batter, sharp base hit to right field, and another to the same place made it Atlanta 3-0.
Alex Wood then walked the number eight batter with bases loaded to walk in a run. After a 27-pitch inning, Atlanta was up 4-0.
4th inning Atlanta 4-0
After three no-hit innings for Atlanta, the Dodgers got back-to-back singles from Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig.
That was it for Perez.
More telling, that was it for the Dodgers.
Wood quickly retired the first two batters, but then a walk, a single, and an error by Corey Seager at shortstop resulted in yet another run. Atlanta 5-0.
A sharp grounder off of A-Gon’s glove was cashed in for another two-out run. 6-0.
5th inning Atlanta 6-0
Joc Pederson and Chase Utley rapped out a pair of singles. A ground out by Corey Seager brought Pederson in with the first Dodgers run of the game.
Wood burned up.
Adam Liberatore in. He tossed the first 1,2,3 inning of the night for the Dodgers.
Yimi Garcia in.
Immediate base hit.
Later came the only defensive highlight of the night for the Dodgers – a double play by Gonzalez and Seager that ended the inning.
Louis Coleman in for the Dodgers. This was his first appearance in a week.
He was pulled after quickly allowing two on and getting one out.
J.P. Howell came in and promptly gave up a double that scored the two runners.8th inning Atlanta 8-1
Old friend Chris Withrow came in to pitch for Atlanta.
The Dodgers went out meekly, and were never heard from again.
Whatever the reasons, this first game of the Atlanta series was a mess defensively, ugly from a pitching standpoint, and a complete letdown at the plate. Here’s hoping they can shake this one off and recover in time for tomorrow’s game.
In other Dodgers news, today was the 126th anniversary (1890) of the franchise’s first game in the National League.
They were known as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms back then. They played the old Atlanta team, that was in Boston at the time, and was known as the “Bean Eaters”. Unfortunately, the Bridegrooms/Dodgers lost that game as well. The good news is, the Bridegrooms went on to become National League champs that year, so let’s hope that part of the tradition will continue as well.
Alex Wood (1-2) went 4 innings. Gave up 7 hits, 6 runs, 3 ER, 3 walks, 1 K ERA 5.06