The losses are really starting to pile up for the Dodgers now. The boys in blue have now lost three in a row as the Rockies took the series opener 4-3 on Tuesday night. The Dodgers are looking like the walking dead. They’ve turned leaving runners stranded on base into an art form. It’s almost inspiring how bad they are offensively. Despite a late ninth inning rally that gave them some life, they really stink right now.
Rockies 4 7 0
Dodgers 3 9 0
The club has all the proper ingredients in place for losing. These are the same ingredients from the 2016 season, but somehow seem a little worse and more frustrating this year. When you put all of these ingredients together you have the perfectly demoralizing and frustrating loss. The Dodgers are like the Gordon Ramsey of pathetic losses.
Here’s what you do. You take a bunch of injury plagued starting pitchers who can’t pitch farther than the fifth inning. You take an overworked bullpen and add a dash of poor bullpen management. You wait to let that simmer for a bit until at least the sixth or seventh innings.
Then grab another bowl and mix in several dashes of sub .220 hitting utility players. Take those players and put them in the lineup every night. Bat them lead-off, cleanup, and well everywhere in the lineup. Do that against every left handed starter. Then add in totally listless regulars and…BAM! You have a perfectly cooked loss.
Speaking of cooked, Hyun-jin Ryu is utterly baked. I’m sorry to say this, and I know it’s sad to see, but he’s finished. This is the third consecutive lousy start Ryu has turned in and he doesn’t look good. He occasionally shows flashes of his old self, but he’s nowhere near the pitcher he once was.
Ryu tossed six innings in tonight’s loss allowing 4 earned runs on seven hits and struck out 7. Colorado hit three home runs off of him. Nolan Arenado hit two monster shots, and Trevor Story hit one of his own. Arenado is a total stud, going 3 for 4 with two home runs and three runs batted in.
Opposing starter Kyle Freeland didn’t pitch outstanding either, but the execrable Dodger offense did him and the Rockies a ton of favors by stranding twelve runners on base. The Dodgers were 5 for 15 with runners in scoring position yet managed to score only 3 runs.
The Dodgers were able to plate one run against Freeland in the bottom of the fourth. With one out in that frame, Kike walked. Gonzo singled Kike to third and after Austin Barnes is called out on strikes like a statue, Joc grounds a base hit past Arenado to score Hernandez. Ryu then singles over Mark Reynold’s head into right proving he’s a better option at the plate then Scott Van Slyke is. Scotty then immediately grounded into a force out to end that inning and the Dodger threat. I’ll explain in a minute as to why he was batting lead-off for those of you who missed the game.
With the Rockies leading 4-1, the Dodgers didn’t do anything on offense again until the bottom of the ninth inning. Of course it was a failed rally as they left the tying and winning runs on base. The Dodgers at least showed some life against Colorado closer Greg Holland. Here’s how it happened.
Chase Utley led off the inning with a walk. After Toles’ grounder moved Utley to second, then Corey Seager’s sinking liner to left field appears to be caught by Dodger annoyance Gerardo Parra. However replay reviews showed that he trapped the ball and the Dodgers had runners at first and third. Turner’s line drive single to left scores Utley and makes the score 4-2 Colorado.
Yasiel Puig smashed a long fly ball to deeeeeeeep left field, but of course Parra makes the catch at the wall. Alas it’s just a long out. But then Yasmani Grandal comes off the bench (he was not starting) to bat for Kike and his groundball single to left scores another run. The score is now 4-3! Can the Dodgers do it? Nope! Gonzo weakly grounds out to end the game. Dodgers lose 4-3.
Earlier in the game Logan Forsythe was hit by a pitch on the foot and was taken out of the game. He has a right toe contusion and is probably day-to-day. What I didn’t understand was Dave Roberts bizarre usage of Scott Van Slyke here. Hernandez was moved to second base, and Van Slyke was placed in left. The problem is Van Slyke is horrendous, and the Dodgers had to play the rest of the game with that automatic out batting lead-off. I have no idea why he’s still here honestly. He’s gotten two hits this year and is now batting .118. I don’t understand why they didn’t just put Utley at second and keep Kike in left? Or put Van Slyke in left later, if they just had to get him in the game. Very odd.
There are other injury updates. Before the game we learned the Dodgers placed left handed reliever Grant Dayton on the DL with an intercostal strain. What’s an intercostal? I don’t know, but they called up Josh Fields again.
There was also a scary moment when Justin Turner was hit by a pitch on his wrist. Thank god he was ok, and ended up staying in the game. He may be pretty sore tonight though, so I hope he gets lots of ice and rest for his wrist.
Oh and Forsythe’s toe might be worse than originally thought….
X-ray on Logan Forsythe was inconclusive, Dave Roberts said. X-ray on Turner's hand was negative.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 19, 2017
Forsythe will have another exam on his big toe tomorrow. Roberts wouldn't rule out recalling infield help from AAA.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 19, 2017
Hey at least this play happened……Silver Linings.