Left handed pitchers continue to be the Dodger’s Achilles heel as fellow southpaw Matt Moore shutdown the Dodger bats by tossing 6.2 innings of one-run ball as the last place Tampa Bay Rays beat the Dodgers by a 3-1 score. The Rays will gladly take a series split as the win snaps a four game losing streak for them.
For whatever reason left handed pitchers stymie, flummox and baffle the Dodgers. The boys in blue rank dead last in the majors with a .218 batting average against left handers. To make matters worse, Dave Roberts, Bob Geren and Andrew Friedman put out the worst lineups possible when a left hander is on the mound. They do that by starting inferior hitters because they bat from the right side don’t you know.
I mean when the bottom of your order is Taylor, Ellis, pitcher, don’t expect to score a lot of runs. The Dodgers didn’t. I don’t understand the reasoning behind starting Scott Van Slyke over Andrew Toles. The latter is obviously hitting better than Van Slyke, and why would anybody start Chris Taylor over Chase Utley? You have to play the hot hands instead of percentages at this point in the season. Poor lineup choices contributed to this loss.
Rays 3 8 1
Dodgers 1 5 1
Brandon McCarthy certainly didn’t help his own cause either. He turned in a stinker and suffers his first loss this season. McCarthy tossed just 4 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 4 hits and striking out 7. The only run the Dodgers scored was an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning.
Joc Pederson worked a two out walk and A.J. Ellis singled him over to third. A.J. attempted to steal second (Yes really!) and Tampa Bay catcher Luke Maile’s errant throw got past Logan Forsythe and bounced into center field allowing Pederson to score and give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. That was A.J.’s first career stolen base. I’m not making that up, it really happened.
McCarthy was fine until he lost it and gave up 3 runs in the top of the fourth inning. The 100-degree heat at Chavez Ravine probably played a part in his meltdown. Who’s bright idea was this to play the game at high noon anyways?
Brad Miller pulled a lead-off double down the right field line and then Evan Longoria hit a two-run home run over the left field fence to put the Rays up 2-1. After Corey Dickerson struck out, Steven Souza Jr. draws a walk. After a second strikeout to Logan Morrison Souza steals second base and then comes around to score on Maile’s double. Now the Rays are up 3-1.
That was pretty much it as the Dodgers rolled over and gave up. The offense could only muster 1 run on 5 hits. The Dodgers had two walks and a single from the fourth inning on. All five of their hits were singles and they left seven men on base. The only chance of scoring after that second inning came when A.J. Ellis’s long fly out to left field was 3 feet short of going over the fence for a two-run home run.
Thankfully possible future Dodger Jay Bruce and the Reds did the Dodgers a solid be defeating Madison Bumgarner and the Giants 2-1 this afternoon at At&t Park. The Giant’s loss means the Dodgers did not lose any ground and remain 2.5 games back in the NL West. On the bright side Ross Stripling gave the Dodgers three scoreless innings of relief.
The Dodgers will take Thursday off to lick their wounds and get back at it on Friday evening as the Dbacks come into town for a weekend series. The Dodgers have a heavy home schedule over the next couple of weeks and several off days.
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