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Yu Darvish only pitched five innings today, giving up three earned runs. He was lucky to only give up that many. Despite striking out seven batters, he never seemed to be in control of the game – or his pitches – and he gave up six hits, one home run, and he walked three. That was a lot of action to pack into just five innings.
The word is Darvish worked with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt to change his arm slot for delivering pitches during his layoff. Today’s results were far from successful, so stay tuned for Yu’ next start.
Speaking of “stay tuned”, some folks are getting antsy over the Dodgers bats showing signs of cooling off over the past few games. I’ll chalk it up to the dog days of summer and every team goes through stretches exactly like this every season. I’m figuring the Dodgers are very lucky it’s only happened once this year (I don’t count the month of April, as this is an entirely different squad), but I sure can;t wait for them to shake off these batting doldrums and get back to blistering every team they face.
The boys were only 2 for 4 with RISP, but that just points out the fact baserunners were pretty rare through the day. Adrian Gonzalez went 0 for 2, leaving one man on base, and he was lifted for a PH in the seventh inning. I’ve been pulling for A-Gone to find his stride at the plate, but so far, he’s not showing much beyond warning track power and some sprinkled shots.
Logan Forsythe was just as unproductive today (0 for 3, 1 LOB), and I’m thinking if he doesn’t break out of his slump after one more series, he needs to move to the bench when Cody Bellinger returns to the lineup next week.
The Dodgers’ only runs came in the sixth inning. Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson had a no-hitter going for five innings when Chase Utley, pinch-hitting for Gonzalez, stroked out a single to get things going. Corey Seager later knocked in Utley for the Dodgers’ first run, and that extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
Justin Turner then caught some luck with a sun-assisted double to knock in Seager for the second run of the day. After that, the Dodgers’ bats went right back to sleep.
In other good news, Tony Cingrani moved his scoreless innings streak up to four. He pitched one inning, gave up one hit and struck out two. Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen also kept the Brewers scoreless today. I’ll take small pleasure in those mini-positives on this hot Sunday afternoon.
The Dodgers have a day off tomorrow. As Scott said earlier, they can sure use it. I hope they use that time to burn those ridiculous, jinxed Players’ Weekend jerseys.