I had a perfect recap all written up for this game when it was 6-0 Arizona in the top of the ninth inning. I use the term “perfect” loosely of course. However the Dodgers rallied to score 5 runs over the final two frames (Including 3 runs in the ninth) and had the tying and winning runs on base in the top of the ninth inning when Yasiel Puig came to the plate against Arizona reliever Jake Barrett. I was beginning to think I would probably have to rewrite this entire recap. I was happy to do it. The Dbacks tried their best again to give this game to the Dodgers and the boys in blue said no thank you, we don’t want a win. We’ll F’ this one up and give it right back to you.
Actual Line score
Dodgers 5 11 0
Dbacks 6 9 0
Puig just can’t hit much anymore and when the game is on the line and runners are in scoring position he is the last player you want up in that situation. So it’s not surprising when a guy who hasn’t hit in two years strikes out on a pitch that was almost in the dirt. Chris Taylor followed by striking out as well for the final out. I’ve been a big Puig supporter for a while now, but I can’t support him for much longer if he continues to hit like this. That at-bat ruined that rally and the Dodgers lost.
Honestly I don’t feel better after that rally like I thought I would. It just infuriated me even more. Those 5 runs mean nothing when the team loses anyways.
Check out the recap I wrote when the score was 6-0 when the top of the ninth inning began. Just do it for fun, and pretend like you’re me and the Dodgers are going to lose 6-0. A 5-run rally was the last thing on my mind at the time. What this does is magnify Dave Robert’s lineup choices even more.
Maybe if Gonzalez and Grandal had 4 at-bats instead of A.J. and minor leaguer Zach Walters, then maybe the Dodgers score a couple of more runs. Maybe. Yes I know they both struck out in pinch-hitting appearances, but there is a big difference between pinch-hitting cold off the bench and getting 4 or 5 at-bats. I don’t know. Or maybe I’m just irritated by this entire series? Think about how cool this rewrite would have been if they had pulled this one out. Oh well. This is an anatomy of a recap rewrite. Have a great Sunday everyone!
The Dodgers punted away another one on Sunday afternoon as they dropped the rubber game to the Dbacks by a 6-2 score. I don’t want to come across as too “negative” or as a “Debbie downer”, but it is super infuriating to me to watch a game like this. Last night sucked, but at least the Dodgers lost with their best players on the field. Last night can be understood, despite the mistakes on the base paths and with runners in scoring position.
Today is another story. If you were to add up all of the games the Dodgers punted away with these idiotic all-righty lineups the club would be in first place. Let’s take a look at an interesting stat before I get into the lowlights of the game. Because honestly there were no highlights for the Dodgers this afternoon.
Dodgers vs. left handed pitching .226./303/.365 (171 for 756) RANK 30th
Look at that stat above. Look at it now and be infuriated as I am. The Dodgers rank dead last in the majors against left handed pitching. So that means that these all-righty lineups simply aren’t working. Despite the obvious common sense the Dodgers refuse to stop doing something that clearly isn’t working.
Dodgers 2 7 0
Dbacks 6 9 0
So that meant that legitimate power threat Yasmani Grandal and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez were out of the lineup so .191 hitting A.J. Ellis and minor leaguer Zach Walters could get their reps. What an impressive strategy that is. Losing is one thing, but when you choose to loose with your weakest players than that is a very poor strategy.
So it was not surprising to anybody when the offense tallied just four hits the entire game. Kenta Maeda was horrendous today. It happens to the best of them. Maeda lasted just 4.1 innings allowing 5 earned runs on 7 hits and striking out 5. His opposing starter left hander Robbie Ray easily cut through the Dodger’s right handed B-squad order. Ray tossed 7 innings of shutout ball striking out 7.
The Dbacks put up 3 runs in the bottom of the first off of four consecutive hits against Maeda. Three singles and a double that included an RBI single from Jake Lamb, and a two-run double from Brandon Drury. Lamb then hit a monster home run over the center field wall to extend the Snake’s lead to 4-0. The Dbacks added two more runs, one in the fifth inning and another in the seventh inning.
The Dodger offense could muster only two runs against the worst team in the NL West. The Dodgers plated their two runs in the top of the eighth. Corey Seager doubled and Justin Turner blasted his 15 home run of the season.
That was the lone highlight of the game for the Dodgers. The loss drops them to 52-42 and they missed a golden opportunity to gain more ground on the Giants. The only thing that can make us all feel better is that the Giants are suffering a worse embarrassment in San Diego. The Giants are currently on the verge of being swept by the lowly Padres.
The Dodgers will head out to Washington D.C. to play a three-game series against the Nationals after a day off on Monday. Hopefully they can re-group in the nation’s capital.