The Dodgers lost this afternoon’s rubber match against the Chicago Cubs 4-0. That means they also lost their first series after winning the previous nine. Looking back over that long stretch its easy to see the bright spots. Unfortunately, looking at their last few games paints a darker picture. One which portrays the boys in blue as a team that has once again forgotten how to score without the long ball.
Ross Stripling took today’s loss, but he pitched well enough to win. The newest Dodgers ace went six innings with seven strike outs and no walks, while allowing three runs. He could have given up only one and he still would have been handed a loss by the Dodgers’ non-existent offense.
The Dodgers have suddenly lost their home run pop and haven’t been able to make up for it with any kind of sustained rallies. They scored just five runs and stranded 31 base runners across the Chicago series. They are putting runners out there, but are flailing at the plate and not having the quality at bats that will end with driving runners home.
The boys will now travel to NY and face the Mets. Don’t expect things to get any easier in the Big Apple.