I’ll keep this short and sweet as I want to enjoy my Saturday night and thinking about the Dodgers right now prevents that from happening. Dave Roberts rolled out the old all-righty lineup with automatic outs Brian Dozier and Austin Barnes bookending the unproductive order. Once again the all-righty lineup failed to deliver as the Dodgers fell to the Rockies 4-2 on Saturday night as Colorado tied the series. The Dodgers are now right back to being 1.5 games back, stuck in second place. Fortunately the Cardinals lost so the Dodgers remain one game back of a wild card spot. To think the Dodgers didn’t have to deal with Nolan Arenado as the slumping all-star third baseman was not in the starting lineup.
Colorado lefty Kyle Freeland ran through the inept Dodger lineup like a marathon sprinter. Freeland limited the Dodger bats to just one earned run on four hits over six innings. Freeland walked two and struck out eight notching one of his easiest victories of the season. It’s not that hard when the Dodgers purposefully place two hitters in the lineup that are batting below the Mendoza line.
Dodgers 2 6 0
Rockies 4 6 0
Through the first eight innings, the lone Dodger run came on a solo home run from Chris Taylor to straightaway center field. Otherwise there was very little to no scoring opportunities for the Dodgers. The Dodgers had one on in the top of the seventh when Max Muncy and Joc Pederson both were called out on check-swing third strikes. The Dodgers had Chase Utley reach in the top of the eighth when he was hit by a pitch, but Justin Turner struck out, and Manny Machado flied out. Matt Kemp’s grounder ended that inning.
Meanwhile Walker Buehler wasn’t able to keep Colorado off the scoreboard. He gave up a solo home run to Chris Iannetta that landed over the right field scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Colorado added a run in the fourth on an Ian Desmond RBI single. In the bottom of the fifth Charlie Blackmon’s two-run shot put the Rockies ahead 4-1. Buehler did strike out seven, but allowed four earned runs on six hits across six innings.
The Dodgers had a last minute rally in the top of the ninth against Colorado closer Wade Davis. Cody Bellinger’s two-out triple, and Max Muncy’s run scoring double gave the Dodgers a chance with the score now 4-2. But Yasmani Grandal needed to do something to extend the inning and of course he struck out looking.
There are only 20 games left in this frustrating season. Memo to Dodger management: stop batting Brian Dozier lead-off. Stop playing Austin Barnes, and stop putting those automatic outs in the lineup. It’s too late in the season for either of them to miraculously find their strokes and they are actively hurting the team. These last three weeks of games are going to determine the Dodger’s season. It would behoove the Dodgers to put their best hitters in the lineup every day. Stop playing matchups, please. The series wraps up on Sunday afternoon as the two clubs play the rubber game. It’s almost a must win game for the Dodgers as Rich Hill takes the mound. Colorado will counter with Tyler Anderson with first pitch at 12:10 PM PST.