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D-Day and a Red Albatross Leading off, What Could Go Wrong? Dodgers Lose 6-1

The third place Rockies rolled into Chavez Ravine on the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, to face a Dodgers team that was as hot as it had been all season. Unfortunately, that was only as hot as a 4 inning-old Dodger dog.

The Dodgers swept the Braves over the weekend, but skipper Dave Roberts figured he would fix what wasn’t broken by once again shuffling his line up. Chase Utley and Joc Pederson rode the bench, while Justin (3 for 18) Turner, got to bat lead off. Go figure.

2nd inning
Rockies
Gerardo Parra opened the scoring with a solo homer off of Mike Bolsinger. 1-0
Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez walked.
Howie Kendrick singled Gonzo to third.
Enrique Hernandez brought him home and picked up the RBI. 1-1

The Dodgers started out like they were going to keep on scoring runs, just as they had over the weekend against the Braves. That only lasted one inning, as the offense spun in place, failing to get any more hits.

5th inning  Tie score 1-1
Rockies
Bolsinger left one up high that Reynolds hit for a double. They quickly cashed him in to take a 2-1 lead.

The Dodgers bats remained stuck on the beach, and could not make any headway.

6th inning  Rockies 2-1
Rockies
Small ball created another Purple Run 3-1
Then Trevor Story went Colorado on Bolsinger and blasted a 3-run home run. 6-1
Bolsinger out. Adam Liberatore in. Job done.

8th inning  Rockies 6-1
Chris Hatcher in.
1,2,3 inning. Yay?

The Dodgers offense remained missing in action.

9th inning  Rockies 6-1
Corey Seager: 6-3
Trayce Thompson: K (third one)
Adrian Gonzalez: 6-3

Dodgers lose 6-1

Bolsinger did not have a good night, but up until the 5th inning, he held the Rockies to only two runs. If he got more run support, things may have been very different.

But that wasn’t to be, as the Dodgers were one hit by Tyler Chadwood, the proud owner of a 5-0 road record. Chadwood is certainly a good pitcher on the road, and he met a team that has been notoriously bad at home. Dave Roberts put a man who has not hit consistently all season in the lead off spot, and well, the result that anyone with two cents of baseball knowledge could have foreseen, came to pass.

Even money says the Red Albatross bats leadoff again tomorrow. Because, why wouldn’t he?

Mike Bolsinger (1-3) went 5 1/3 innings with 7 hits, 6 runs,2 walks, 5 K’s, 2 HRs.   ERA 5.75

Team with RISP: 0 for 2  Yawn

Oscar Martinez

I was born in the shadow of Dodger Stadium and immediately drenched in Dodger Blue. Chavez Ravine is my baseball cathedral, Vin Scully was the golden voice of summer all my life, and Tommy Lasorda remains the greatest Dodgers manager ever. My favorite things are coffee, beer, and the Dodgers beating the Giants. I also blog about my baseball card hobby at All Trade Bait, All the Time.

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I was born in the shadow of Dodger Stadium and immediately drenched in Dodger Blue. Chavez Ravine is my baseball cathedral, Vin Scully was the golden voice of summer all my life, and Tommy Lasorda remains the greatest Dodgers manager ever. My favorite things are coffee, beer, and the Dodgers beating the Giants. I also blog about my baseball card hobby at All Trade Bait, All the Time.
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16 thoughts on “D-Day and a Red Albatross Leading off, What Could Go Wrong? Dodgers Lose 6-1

  1. The bright side: at least they didn’t waste a better pitching performances on a night when the opposing pitcher was dealing. As many people have noted here, Bolsinger can’t get through the lineup the third time (although maybe they should have moved him up to face Atlanta) and yet Roberts left him out there to face Story. Donnie move.

    1. Never a bright side when you lose an opportunity to gain ground on your main rival. And although I think Bolsinger is a nice guy, he is far from the answer as a #4 starter. What would it hurt to have Zack Lee up here and see if the kid can do the job….Bolsinger sure isn’t.

  2. Bill Plunkett tweet:
    Dodgers past 40 games:
    Team batting average — .223
    Runs — 159 (3.98 per game)
    BA with RISP — .213
    Record — 19-21
    It’s not the pitching.

    1. It was tonight (in addition to the non-existent offense).

      The offense got one run on one hit

      The starting pitcher gave up 6 runs in 5 innings and 2 HR

      Neither of these is acceptable – both will lose you games every time

      1. Dodger rick
        I believe that is five HRs in about 15 innings for Bolsinger. Bolsinger didn’t think he pitched bad either. I think he may be sent down after last night. I don’t understand why Stripling isn’t pitching in the rotation anymore. He is a better pitcher, then Bolsinger. They both have one bad inning, but Stripling isn’t as bad as Bolsinger.

    2. Those numbers should behoove the team to “manufacture” runs. Try to steal a base, ground out to the right side to move the runner over, try to put the ball in play to score the runner from 3b. Sadly none of that belongs in the playbook of modern baseball. So we get those dismal numbers!

      BTW I think pitching (primarily starting pitching) has a lot to do with the current state of our team.

  3. But…….. Crawford is gone. And that changes everything. I noticed Barnes got an at bat and did not hit a 5 run homer to tie the game. He flied out, something (Crawford could have easily done) dropping his average to .118. I wonder if he is another hitter who needs consistent playing time to show improvement. Sissy. Girly man. Softies, all!

    At least the gints didn’t win. That’s always a good thing.

    I can’t find anything past May 9 on De Leon. Maybe he is in a tank.

    1. And if it’s a 70′ long tank he can get his work in without anyone seeing him. Hopefully they won’t accidently seal it while he’s in there. Unless of course they have a $1B policy than maybe…..

    2. Badger
      There are very very few players, that can hit, without having consistent at bats. That is why platoons don’t always work. And I bet most of the platoons that work, are platoons, that involve left hand hitters. Because there are much more rightie pitchers in baseball, so a leftie hitter, won’t sit that much.

      Once again, I think it is time to move Turner down in the order. It seems like almost every game, that Turner doesn’t play in, the Dodger’s offense, does much better. Maybe Roberts will realize this soon, and everyone won’t have to say this anymore.

      Turner did get two hits, in the previous game he played in, but those two hits, really were not especially hard hit balls. And now Roberts needs to do what is best for the team. And that is moving Turner down in the order.

      Especially when the team is really having trouble hitting, and scoring runs. The Dodgers offense, can’t continue to carry Turner, at the top of the order. Turner needs to be moved down, and Roberts needs to let Turner, to try to start hitting, farther down in the order.

      Where Turner’s lack of hitting, won’t affect other hitter’s at bats, and Turner won’t be such a clog in the Dodger’s offense. I like Turner, but when Uribe wasn’t producing enough, Turner took Uribe’s job, because Turner was producing. And I am not saying I want Turner replaced. I am just saying that it isn’t asking to much, to have Turner moved down, because that is the best for the team.

  4. Bolsinger shouldn’t even be pitching in the Dodgers starting rotation. The fact that Bolsinger is pitching in the Dodger’s rotation, is because this front office, hasn’t done even an adequate job, of building the Dodger’s starting rotation, for the last two years.

    Last year, Bolsinger was in the rotation, because MCCarthy, went out with a injury very early in the season. And the reason Bolsinger is pitching in the Dodgers rotation this year again, is because two of the pitchers that this front office, brought to the Dodgers, are already injured this year.

    Anderson predictably went out with an injury, in spring training, before the regular season, even started. And part of there depth Beachy, wasn’t even able to pitch, because he couldn’t come back, from an injury, that he already had, when this front office signed him.

    And MCCarthy there other big pitching signing, has only pitched in
    five games, since they signed him, in the off season, before the 2015 season. And like Dodger rick, continued to insist, the depth that this front office touted, was not depth at all.

    Because the pitchers that they signed, and claimed that they that were depth, wasn’t depth, at all. Pitchers with long injury histories, and a pitcher, trying to come back, from serious injury, is not depth, because they can’t be counted on, so they are just not depth.

    Just like a house with no real
    foundation, this front office’s said depth, has already went down. And like Badger has said, the Dodgers now have two former Dbacks pitchers, that the Dbacks didn’t even want. And now the Dbacks have Greinke.

    How can anyone say that is a good thing. I know Greinke has a big contract, but he makes almost all of his starts, and pitches mostly quality games. That is why he is getting the big money!

    Bolsinger, McCarthy, and Anderson, may be getting payed a lot less, but there is a reason for that. Anderson has only been able to pitch throughout the season, only twice in his career. And McCarthy’s injury history, is so Spotty, he has only pitched 200 innings twice, in his entire career.

    And Bolsinger, is only capable of throwing five decent innings, in the big leagues. And he almost always, gets hit, if he can make it farther, then his usual five innings.

    These are the reasons, that the Dbacks didn’t want MCCarthy and Bolsinger, as well, as the fact that MCCarthy, is just not a good pitcher.

    Why would anyone, want to take a big chance, on a pitcher, that has a long injury history, and has never been that good of a pitcher? And most teams in Major League Baseball, don’t want to take any big chance on Anderson, because he is unathletic, and because of that, he is always getting injured, in some way.

    This freak injury thing, that this front office, tried to sell concerning Anderson, is just not true. Anyone that witnessed more then a couple of games, that Anderson has pitched, can see why Anderson is constantly getting injured.

    1. Best way to keep on top of that is got to the Dodgers web site, left click on the roster, and on the right it will say minor league affiliates. Under each is stats, and roster. Click on the roster and it lists all the players, and whether they are active or not.

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