The Dodgers dropped the second game of the three game set to the Padres on Tuesday night, losing for the third time in their last four games. They’re now back to 1.5 games behind Arizona and continue to meander in the standings. The reason they’re stuck in second place is because of games like this. The Dodgers were able to muster only one run on four hits against opposing starter big lefty Eric Lauer and Rich Hill was awful. Any team is only as good as their weakest links and the Dodgers put their two automatic outs (Logan Forsythe, Austin Barnes) in the lineup tonight. I understand that Dave Roberts likes to get everyone playing time but when the bottom third of your batting order is Forsythe, Barnes, pitcher well you’re probably not going to score many runs.
Dodgers 1 4 0
Padres 4 8 0
That doesn’t get Hill off the hook however. The Padres did all of their damage against Hill in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring all four runs in that frame. Hill wasn’t terrible actually. He looked sharp early on. However he ran into command problems in the fifth inning and couldn’t escape. Leadoff walks kill and Hill walked leadoff batter Jose Pirela. Freddy Galvis’s ground ball single into right put two on with none out. Then Austin Hedges (a .194 hitter) smashes a three-run shot to put the Padres up 3-0. Read that line above again. Hedges is a .194 hitter! You can’t give up massive three-run home runs to a guy hitting below the Mendoza line. To make things worse, Hill gave up another homer later in the inning to Wil Myers and that was it. Hill’s final line was four earned runs on eight hits over seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Meanwhile the Dodger offense was non-existent. Normally when the Dodgers don’t hit home runs they can’t score. You could say the lineup is one dimensional but they were able to score eight runs last night without a home run. On Tuesday night they had just one at-bat with a runner in scoring position. Lauer tossed 8.2 innings allowing one run on four hits, walking two and striking out eight Dodgers. Lauer was one out away from a complete game shutout before being lifted for Kirby Yates who got the last out of the game. If you remember Lauer shut out the Dodgers back in the Mexico series as well.
Defensive play of the game belongs to Cody Bellinger:
The Dodgers had a chance to score in the top of the seventh when Muncy singled, and Bellinger doubled him to third. But there were two outs and of course, Forsythe struck out. Speaking of Muncy, he got two of the Dodger’s four hits tonight. The lone murmur of protest came in the top of the ninth with two outs when Muncy hit his 21 home run of the season. That was the only highlight of the night for the Dodgers. The series continues tomorrow night with the rubber game. New father Kenta Maeda will battle left hander Joey Lucchesi with first pitch slated for 7:10 PM PST.