You know how $1 dollar Dodger Dogs sounds like a good idea at first? You feel happy and good and munch on a whole buncha dogs, because they’re only a buck, right? Then, around the 6th inning, you start to lose that hot dog glow, and everything just kinda sits there…threatening to blow up in your face. Then, in the 8th, you hit bottom and lose everything. Well – that’s kinda how the Dodger game went tonight.
Walker Buehler got the ball and the mound to open the home stand against the Colorado Rockies, and he did not disappoint. He was perfect through four innings, and then in the top of the fifth, Buehler have up a solo home run to tie the game at one run apiece. One batter later, Buehler took a line drive off his upper ribs and recorded the out, but he wasn’t long for the game. Buehler was lifted after seven innings, just two hits, six Ks, and the one run.
Max Muncy continued to heat up at the plate and smacked his fifth homer of the season to give the Dodgers the first score of the game in the 4th inning.
And that was all she wrote for the Dodgers’ offense folks. They never scored again. We all know one run a night is a recipe for disaster with their bullpen. That played out again tonight, courtesy of one Pedro Baez.
Baez got the call to hold a one run lead in the eighth inning, although for the life of me, I don’t see why Roberts didn’t choose a different arm for a crucial one-run game. Baez retired the first batter and then he walked a .132 hitter – on four pitches! Baez was back to his slow pitching time tonight. So slow the broadcast crew had time to show the $1 Dodger Dogs and discuss the condiments they prefer on their dogs.
Back to Baez and his .132 hitter, Tony Wolters. Wolters then stole second, and took third when Yasmani Grandal‘s throw sailed into CF. Baez out…Scott Alexander in. Carlos Gonzalez singled, scoring Baez’s .132 gift runner.
Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth, with one out. The Dodgers were down by a run, in an important momentum-deciding game, at home, and lousy hitting Cody Bellinger was due up. He was already 0 for 3 at this point, but what do you think Roberts did? He gave Cody the opportunity to go 0 for 4. Fulfilled. Why the heck Bellinger is batting ahead of Matt Kemp is another mystery of the universe I can’t solve.
Matt Kemp brought the Dodgers’ last hopes to the plate. He hit a sharp infield grounder and ran past first just as the throw skipped past the Rockies’ first baseman. Trouble was, Kemp placed one foot inside the base line, and was committed to return back to first if he was going to be safe and keep the Dodgers alive. Just like he had eaten five $1 dogs, he was too slow on his dive back to the bag, and was called out.
On the bright side, the Dodgers can try to start a new winning streak tomorrow night.