The Dodgers did it again. They’ve blown yet another extra-inning game, a game that they could have easily won. Once again this incompetent team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in another long drawn out ugly loss. Originally it looked like the Dodgers were going to lose 5-4. They trailed the entire game and up until the bottom of the ninth were losing by that very score. Rich Hill turned in another terrible outing allowing five earned runs on seven hits while lasting only four frames. Again Oscar figured that the long layoff between starts may have something to do with his god awful pitching. He’s probably correct. It looked like the Dodgers were going to lose within three hours. Then something terrible happened…..The Dodgers rallied.
Enrique Hernandez’s pinch-hit solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth tied the score at 5-5, and actually breathed some life into a morose and dreary Dodger dugout. Poor Hernandez, we can’t blame him for this mess. Those darn Dodgers did something that they always do….they gave us hope. Then they let us all down again, because that’s also what they do. The Dodgers left the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth and then left runners stranded in the bottom of the eleventh before Daniel Descalso’s three-run home run in the top of the twelfth mercifully put an end to our miseries. The Dodgers instead of losing by a 5-4 score within regulation lost 8-5. The Dbacks are clearly a better club in every way possible and it’s not even close.
Dbacks 8 12 0
Dodgers 5 9 0
But the club had fought back to tie the score and send the game into extra innings. The Dodger attack in the previous innings consisted of an RBI single from Matt Kemp in the first and a Yasmani Grandal home run in the bottom of the third. Grandal delivered again in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI ground ball single, and Cody Bellinger’s slicing run scoring double brought the Dodgers to within one.
I had written the recap before Hernandez’s home run because I figured they wouldn’t do anything in the ninth inning. When Hernandez hit that home run, I had to consider rewriting the entire recap but they ended up losing anyways. This is the 2018 Dodgers people; they’re an unwatchable depressing failure. Anyways back to my original recap….take a read at what I had written just before the ninth inning.
Rich Hill insisted that he was fine to pitch when the Dodgers were in Mexico. But management felt that the humidity would not be good for his ailing fingernail so they pushed his start back until tonight. Oscar felt that maybe that was the reason for his terrible outing in the Dodger’s loss to the Dbacks on Tuesday night. Oscar may have a point, but I don’t think it would have mattered much honestly. The curveball specialist was terrible and the offense did very little while the Dodgers dropped another game to the Snakes in the opening match of the home stand. It’s just another loss to the Dbacks here. Not a whole lot to talk about.
All of the good feelings from the no-no in Mexico have disappeared. The Dodgers combined no-hitter in Mexico was certainly a nice achievement, but it came against the Padres. They’re one of the few clubs that are actually worse than the Dodgers this year. There’s not many of them. It was merely a nice respite from a season full of terrible moments. Now we returned to the awful losing as the Dodgers returned home to play the Dbacks. Take note that the Dodgers are now nine games behind first place Arizona in the National League West. Coming into this series the Dodgers had lost 7 out of 10 against the Snakes. It’s not getting any better folks.
But getting back to Hill, he never looked comfortable tonight. After getting the first two outs in the top half of the first inning he walked Paul Goldschmidt and AJ Pollack followed with a monstrous home run to give the Dbacks an early 2-0 lead. Move over Goldschmidt because Pollack has now replaced him as the leading Dodger killer. That’s his seventh home run this year hit against the boys in blue. I’m sure the Dodgers will continue to pitch to him.
The Dbacks smacked three home runs, all three against Hill. Chris Owings went yard in the top of the third to put the Dbacks up by a 3-1 score. The third jack was a John Ryan Murphy blast with Nick Ahmed aboard in the top of the fourth that put the Snakes up 5-2. Hill allowed five earned runs on seven hits over four unimpressive innings. He struck out five and his ERA is now 7.71. He just might be bad.
Arizona starter Zack Godley wasn’t any better. The Dodgers got to him as the right hander’s control slipped away. Godley walked four and struck out four across 5.2 innngs. The Dodger bats tabbed him for four runs on six hits. But it was not enough.
The one man who is not part of the problem, Yasmani Grandal smashed a solo home run in the bottom of the third. Matt Kemp, another guy who is not a problem knocked in Chris Taylor with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Grandal would come through again in the bottom of the fifth. After Tim Locastro’s walk and a single from Alex Verdugo that moved him over to third, the switch-hitting backstop’s ground ball single into right plated him to cut the score to 5-3 Arizona. Cody Bellinger’s double scored the next run (off of Godley) to cut the score to 5-4 Dbacks.
That would be it for the Dodger attack. Arizona, who has a real bullpen that actually holds leads used four relievers (Fernando Salas, Archie Bradley, Jorge De La Rosa, and Brad Boxberger) to keep the Dodgers off the boards for the final 3.2 innings.
The Dodger season in a nutshell can be explained by the final three innings. In the bottom of the tenth the Dodgers had victory within their grasp when they loaded the bases with just one out. But Kyle Farmer and Chase Utley both struck out. They had two runners on in the bottom of the eleventh inning. Keep in mind that Dave Roberts made such a huge managerial blunder in that tenth frame that I openly called it out on twitter.
What I don’t understand is taking out your best hitter so a relief pitcher can pinch-run for him. This is so asinine that it makes my brain explode. I get it, Grandal isn’t the fastest runner, actually he’s not fast at all. But it’s not like Stripling gives you anymore speed anyways. Why take out your hottest hitter for a marginal upgrade on the bases? It makes zero sense because we all know that these 2018 Dodgers will just find a way to not score. And what do you know… they did.
So when runners were at first and second after Hernandez and Chris Taylor reached base in the bottom of the eleventh, instead of Grandal coming up with a chance to win the game it was Kenta Maeda pinch-hitting. Because not only was Grandal removed from the game but Roberts had already used up all of his position players. So Maeda sacrificed the runners to second and third and Bellinger flied to right. Then Yimi Garcia served up a three-run home run to Descalso in the following inning. Terrible management, terrible execution, terrible relief pitching and terrible team.
The Dodgers are now 15-20 and fall to nine games back in the National League west standings. With each pathetic loss the optimists and apologists disappear one by one. Even the biggest rosiest optimist has to admit that the Dodgers aren’t going anywhere this season. Best start making those October vacation plans now. The golf courses should be in pristine condition this fall.
The Dodgers look to get swept and fall 10 games behind Arizona in the series finale on Wednesday evening. Patrick Corbin gets the call for the Snakes while the Dodgers counter with left hander Alex Wood. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PST. Please just lose quickly this time Dodgers.