Despite Scott’s plea, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts trotted out the all-righty lineup against losing record (5-8), left-handed Gio Gonzalez. Missing today were Utley, Seager and Pederson. Yasiel Puig got the start in CF and Scott Van Slyke in RF. Charlie Culberson was brought up to spot the still-ailing Corey Seager.
In the end, Roberts’ strategy was empty.
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A Bryce Harper two run home run opened the scoring. 2-0
Charlie Culberson knocked in Scott Van Slyke to get the Dodgers on the board. 2-1
Watch that highlight twice. It’s the only one the Dodgers have today.
4th inning Nationals 2-1
1,2,3 inning. At this point, Norris had settled down and retired 10 in a row.
5th inning Nationals 2-1
Norris was still looking strong, but with two out, he threw a mistake pitch that Ben Revere quickly turned into a solo home run. 3-1
Norris then proceeded, with two strikes, to give up another homer – this time to former Dodger, Jayson Werth.
6th inning Nationals 4-1
Second 1,2,3 inning in a row.
Bud Norris was done after Wilson Ramos just missed hitting a home run, which ended up as an RBI double. 5-1
Norris out. Louis Coleman in, with no outs.
Coleman gave up an RBI triple. 6-1
Luis Avilan in. 7-1 by the end of this endless inning.
7th inning Nationals 7-1
They just thrashed about like a dying animal on the side of the road. Better not to look.
On the bright side – no runs this time!
9th inning Nationals 8-1
The thrashing mercifully stopped. Move along.
Dodgers lose 8-1
After the first inning, Bud Norris kept the Nationals’ bats quiet. He owned the corners with some nasty stuff.
That was, until Revere and Werth deposited back to back homers. We didn’t know it, but it was “game over” from that point.
Or was it “game over” from the start, when Roberts penciled in the faux all-righty line up. Faux all-righty because Adrian Gonzalez played. Faux offense because Joc Pederson, fresh off a two RBI night, did not.
Today’s Bright spot: Howie Kendrick quietly keeping his hitting streak alive. Now at 12.
Bud Norris, now holding a losing 5-8 recored like Gio had, went 5 innings with 7 hits, 6 runs, 3 HR’s (Ouch!), 1 walk, 8 K’s. ERA 4.53
Team with RISP: 1 for 5 Let’s hear it once again for that all-righty line up!