The Dodgers hopped into their DeLorean and travelled back in time to the month of April before Friday night’s pathetic 12-3 loss to the Braves. The team was sent through some kind of time vortex to the month of April when they couldn’t beat anyone. Friday night’s disaster was very reminiscent of the 10-12 club that started the season unable to beat even the worst of teams.
The losing formula is simple and repeatable. The starting pitcher, whoever that be gives up multiple runs in the first inning before the chairs are warm and then melts down in the fifth frame. The defense makes several stupid plays and the offense does absolutely nothing for the entire contest.
Braves 12 13 0
Dodgers 3 7 2
That’s exactly how the Dodgers lost on Friday evening as Alex Wood’s winning streak came to a painful end. The Braves scored two runs in the first inning against Wood before Dodger fans had a chance to even get their Dodger dogs. The Dodger defense helped them along as Corey Seager was unable to bare hand an Ender Inciarte dribbler and Kike Hernandez misjudged a Johan Camargo line drive to center that went over his head. He misjudged the ball, getting a bad read on it as he was playing way too shallow. Charitable scoring gave Camargo a triple.
Tyler Flowers‘ RBI single into left scored Camargo and the Braves had two runs less than 60 seconds into the game. Wood got into the act himself as he dropped a routine pop up (off the bat of Garcia) in the fourth inning and then gave up five more runs in the fifth. That fifth inning was highlighted by a grand slam home run from opposing starter Jaime Garcia, who also shut the Dodgers down through seven strong innings.
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I think the important thing to remember here is the due to lose factor. Wood had won eleven consecutive decisions and at some point he was due to lose. Any team or pitcher is going to lose at some point and nobody is going to go through the entire season undefeated. What irritates me the most is the pathetic hitting and shoddy defense. The way Wood has pitched this season he’s allowed a stinker in my opinion.
That doesn’t make this loss any easier to stomach. I can’t remember the last time the Dodgers lost consecutive games at home. It’s been a while, possibly months. Jaime Garcia had quite a night for the Braves. It was rumored that he had been traded to the Twins last night, but low and behold he had not been.
I guess he was auditioning for his new club and wanted to make an impression. Boy did he ever. Garcia tossed seven innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits and struck out three. He issued one walk and became the first Atlanta pitcher to hit a grand slam since Tony Cloninger in 1966 hit two of them in the same game.
To recap, Alex Wood Gave up seven earned runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings, muffed an easy pop-up and then served up a grand slam home run to the opposing pitcher. Awesome night.
Wood pitching line: 4.2 IP 9 R 7 ER 9 H 4 BB 4K
Have a laugh: Former Dodger Matt Kemp was 3 for 5 with two runs scored.
The Braves added three more in the sixth on a three run home run from Tyler Flowers to make the score 12-1. The route was certainly on at that point. The Dodgers scored a few runs later on in the game, but this one was over during the national anthem. Arizona beat Washington, so the Dodgers lose another game in the standings and their lead in the NL West is now 9.5 games. The Dodgers fall to a horrible 66-31 record and are now 39-13 at home.
The Dodgers continue their quest to get swept by the Braves on Saturday night. Rich Hill looks to give up two runs in the first inning tomorrow as the Braves will send Julio Teheran to the mound to counter. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 PM.