It’s very rare these days to see a game in which there were no Dodger highlights of any kind. Yet tonight we saw one. The National’s 6-0 win over the boys in blue on Thursday evening was completely devoid of anything positive for the Dodgers. It was awful right from the start and never got any better. The Dodgers had won ten consecutive home games before tonight’s loss, which came to a painful end. Patrick Corbin tossed seven shutout innings and former Dodger Howie Kendrick (another ex-Dodger to stick it to the Dodgers) homered and drove in four of Washington’s six runs.
Rich Hill wasn’t terrible but he put the Dodgers in a hole almost immediately. There’s nothing that bothers me more than when the Dodger starters give up first inning runs. As I have said before here many times, if you fall behind super early it’s hard to catch back up. That is especially true when you’re behind by more than a couple of runs and losing within minutes of the game starting. The Dodger starters have had an annoying habit of doing this lately.
Nationals 6 9 0
Dodgers 0 6 3
So in the top of the first inning there was an Adam Eaton double, a hit batter and then Howie Kendrick smashed one into the left field pavilions to put Washington up 3-0. Kendrick’s three-run home run set the tone in the beginning. The Dodgers never recovered. Hill did settle in after that. But it was too little too late. Overall Hill tossed five innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and striking out five. His mound opponent, Corbin overpowered the Dodger bats.
Corbin allowed just three hits and four walks over seven frames while striking out eight. The Dodgers historically have had a lot of problems figuring him out. Corbin entered tonight with a 2.10 career ERA at Dodger Stadium. The Dodger bats tallied six hits (all singles) and left nine men on base. To make things even more annoying, they committed three errors in the field.
The Dodgers blew their home winning streak in the most boring way possible. There will be no images or videos in this recap. There simply is none for me to reference. But hey Travis d’Arnaud did make his Dodger debut in the fifth inning as a pinch-hitter. He grounded out. Good times. The series continues on Friday with Kenta Maeda taking the mound for the Dodgers. Washington will give the ball to Anibal Sanchez with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM PST.