There are three things you can count on this life. Those three things are death, taxes, and the Dodgers losing in the first inning of a baseball game. That happened yet again on Sunday afternoon as the Dodgers lost their tenth consecutive game to the Rockies 8-1. The Dodgers continue to free fall into oblivion as their lead in the NL West shrinks. Arizona won their game in San Diego and the lead is now down to 9 games with 20 left to play.
At this point even the most ardent optimists and apologists are beginning to disappear. With each loss those guys wane into obscurity. The Dodgers are awful and I don’t see them winning another game for the rest of the season
I wish I could give you guys some kind of optimism right now. I want to. I want to tell you that the Dodgers are going to be alright and they’ll finally win a game. But I just don’t see it. If I were to see anything that points to that I would at least have a sliver of hope. Again, I just don’t see it.
Rockies 8 11 0
Dodgers 1 8 0
Rich Hill did pitch decently today. Even though he allowed a run in the first inning. Hill Tossed five innings allowing two earned runs on four hits and struck out five. He walked two and made 88 pitches and really didn’t deserve to take this loss.
I was impressed with the way he got out of the first inning and kept the Dodgers in the game. The first three batters of the game reached base. Charlie Blackmon walked, DJ LeMahieu’s ground ball single to center sent Blackmon to second and Nolan Arenado’s ground ball single scored him. Hill then walked Trevor Story to load the bases. However after a meeting on the mound he got Cargo to pop out and then struck out Mark Reynolds and Raimel Tapia to end the inning. Arenado would hit another home run in the second inning to put the Rockies up 2-0.
Some of the games during this inexplicable losing streak have seen the Dodgers fight. They battled last night and the other night during two one-run losses. However there have been other games during the streak where they’ve just flat out given up. This was one of those.
Early deficits have been a recurring theme during this streak and I am at a loss for words as to why it keeps happening. Every game the starters give up runs in the first inning, (occasionally they give them up in the second frame) and they’re losing right away. Then the offense just gives up and does nothing. That’s actually been the losing formula for a long time now. They did that last year too, and I just don’t understand why the starters can’t get out of the first inning. The lead-off batter always reaches base in almost every game by hit or walk. Maybe one of you guys can give your thoughts on this and what you’ve noticed in the opening frames. What are the Dodgers missing here? What can they do differently to prevent these early deficits?
The Dodgers scored just one run on eight hits while leaving nine runners on base. They were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. They couldn’t hit German Marquez last night and couldn’t hit Tyler Chatwood (5 IP 5H 0ER 5K) today who was on a strict pitch count. The lone run was scored on a solo home run from Alex Verdugo in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases empty. That’s the first MLB home run for the young prodigy.
The Rockies put the game away with five runs in the top of the eighth inning against rookie Walker Buehler. Mark Reynolds grand slam home run was the nail in the coffin.
The Dodgers have moved Clayton Kershaw’s next start up to Tuesday. They’ll begin a 10-game road trip on Monday evening that starts with a series in San Francisco against the Giants. Kenta Maeda will take on right hander Chris Stratton in the opening game. Expect for Stratton to shut them out and Maeda to allow 2 or 3 runs in the first inning.
Or maybe the Dodgers finally win on Monday and our long nightmare will end? I’ll wear my lucky underwear tomorrow and pray.