The Dodgers bullpen had blown two straight games. The first was courtesy of Pedro Baez. Last night was because of JT Chargois. Both should never be put in a high leverage situation again. This afternoon the Dodgers look to bounce back with Rich Hill on the mound facing Chad Bettis. The Dodgers have a lot of issues to work out if they plan on making the playoffs. I didn’t understand why Cody Bellinger wasn’t in the lineup yesterday instead of Max Muncy. Today Justin Turner was on the bench. Two guys who have been hitting well.
Brian Dozier led off the game with a single but was stranded. In the bottom of the 1st, Chris Taylor misplayed a ball hit by Charlie Blackmon who reached on an error. Then a passed ball by Grandal moved him over to 2nd. D.J. LeMahieu then hit a ground ball to move the runner to third. Trevor Story hit a sac fly to score a run and a 1-0 lead. Dodgers defense of late has left little to be desired. D.J. LeMahieu then doubled in the bottom of the 4th. David Dahl singled him in for a 2-0 lead.
Welp, that didn't work either. #Dodgers lose 3rd consecutive one-run game in Colorado, 2nd walkoff win for Rockies. LAD in 2nd place, a game behind DBacks only a half-game up on Col
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 12, 2018
In the bottom of the 6th, Charlie Blackmon hit a solo shot and the score was 3-0 at that point. Dodgers got runners on and have been putting them in motion lately but hitting with runners on has been a big problem, as well as hitting against left handers. Yasmani Grandal walked with one out in the top of the 7th knocking out Chad Bettis. Justin Turner then doubled of Jake Mcgee to move Grandal to third. Brian Dozier then hit a single to score two runs and the score was 3-2 Rockies.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 12, 2018
In the top of the 8th, Yasiel Puig led off with a single. Cody Bellinger then singled off the wall moving Puig to third. Cody Bellinger stole 2nd. Matt Kemp hit a sac fly to score a run to tie the game at 3-3. John Axford who had a bad outing his first time around has pitched well the last few times and pitched two scoreless innings. Dodgers stranded Brian Dozier at third in the 9th inning. Chris Taylor needs to have a seat. Manny Machado and Matt Kemp need to snap out of it and start getting the offense going. Stop sitting guys who have been hitting.
Dylan Floro came in to pitch the bottom of the 9th, I would rather have Scott Alexander. D.J. LeMahieu hit a single which turned in to double due to an error by Puig. Trevor Story then struck out. David Dahl was walked. Ian Desmond grounded out. Ryan McMahon was walked so he couldn’t be a hero again. Nolan Arenado didn’t play most of this series. Chris Iannetta who has been super cold gets walked by Floro and the Rockies win the game. Dodgers are 11-12 since the All-Star break. They have lost three straight and are in 2nd place one game behind the snakes.
The Dodgers could’ve buried the Rockies in this series but now Colorado is only a 1/2 game behind the Dodgers. Although the Dodgers still lead the season series. The Dodgers will activate Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu to join the rotation. Ross Stripling and Kenta Maeda are moving to the bullpen. Dodgers play the Giants at home tomorrow.