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Dodgers Split Series with A’s, Win Streak Snapped at Two

The Oakland A’s and Khris Davis gave Alex Wood and the Dodgers a thorough thumping Wednesday night, sending the Dodgers to bed without any of the comforts that home cooking is supposed to provide.

The A’s pounded out 21 hits and scored 16 runs, leaving the Dodgers and their faithful feeling crushed by the weight of a losing season. The Dodgers are currently swirling in the depths of a 4-7 record, at fourth place in the NL West. Die hards will say the team won’t remain there for long, but realists will remind you that’s where they stand tonight.

Davis let in on Dodgers’ starter Alex Wood quickly, smashing a two-run home run in the first inning. The A’s broke the game wide open in the fifth inning with a five run shower, and they just continued to pile it on no matter who was on the mound for the Blue. Wood gave up 7 runs in 3 2/3 innings. I don’t think he gave up that many runs during his bout with food poisoning last week in San Francisco.

It was a night-long slaughter. Wilmer Font was the last Dodgers pitcher victim. The A’s tagged him for a two-run homer in the 8th and a three-run bomb in the ninth.

The lone Dodgers highlights were Yasmani Grandal‘s second homer of the season..

…and Enrique Hernandez‘s solo shot in the ninth.

The team went 1 for 7 WRISP, which answered the age-old question, “How do you score six runs and lose?” The A’s took the game 16-6. The Dodgers have an off day tomorrow (to go along with today’s off day) and will have to face the music against the 9-3, first place Arizona Diamondbacks. Hold onto your nachos helmets, folks.

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.

34 thoughts on “Dodgers Split Series with A’s, Win Streak Snapped at Two

  1. Another unwatchable game and another stake in the heart of the Kemp haters. Overall a lousy performance by the team. Font should be at OKC or DFA’d immediately. You thought Baez was a HR machine last year? This guy is gas can city. Hernandez hits a meaningless HR.

    1. Michael

      Font is a AAA starter, not a reliever, and Baez is a major league reliever, and he has been one, for a while, both of these pitchers, are a problem.

      1. MJ you continually think I have no clue what a player has done previously. I know Font was a starter at AAA,, BUT that is not his job here. I realize also that Baez has not been very good. But Alexander has not impressed me at all. Baez was really good at the beginning of last year and then fell off the face of the earth….

        1. Michael

          Then why are you comparing these two pitchers, in this way.

          Also, if you really looked into Baez’s numbers more, in the first half of last year, he really didn’t have that great of a first half, as some numbers, indicated.

          Maybe that is why it looked like Baez fell off the face, of earth.

          But what we agreed on about Font, is the fact that he can’t put big league hitters away, after he has two strikes.

          1. If you would read instead of react, I was comparing the fact that in 4 games he has given up 3 homers. Actually you should read the stats. Baez had a sub 2 ERA though July last year. He was 3-1 at that point His ERA prior to the all star game was 1.43. After the all star game it was 5.13. He only gave up 6 earned runs prior to the all star game in 38 innings. He gave up 15 in 28 innings after the break. So yeah, he fell off the planet in the last 2 months. Baez gave up 5 homers in 26.1 innings of work after the break. Font has given up 5 HR’s in 14.1 innings of work as a Dodger. One thing Baez did do was walk a lot of hitters. But he actually walked less after the all star break than before. He was very effective through the first 4 months of the season. His stats prove that.

    1. Michael

      Era is not a good stat to look at when it comes to a reliever.

      And like I already said, Baez has four years of experience coming out of a bullpen, and Font is a aaa starter.

      And once again, if you look deeper into Baez’s numbers in the first half last year, you will find out he wasn’t as good as his era looked.

      And once again, an era is not a good number to look at, when it comes to relievers.

      They both have issues, but this is the fifth year Baez has been in the majors, and Font has mostly been a starter in AAA.

      1. Again, you state the obvious. Everybody on this site knows exactly how long Baez has been a Dodger. Everybody also knows that Font has mostly been a starter in his career. Baez was good for 4 months last year. The statistics, not my opinion, bear that out. 38 innings, 6 runs. 3-1 record. You divide that and if he was a starter he would have been giving up less than 2 runs a game. He walked too many, but he got out of his own jams and did not give up runs. And what I said was that if you thought Baez was bad at giving up HR’s last year, Font so far this year is worse. Relievers obviously pitch less innings. But over a season ERA is a pretty good indicator of how they have pitched. It is true that one bad outing can skew a pitchers ERA, but when you look at the splits, Baez was a pretty damn good bridge to Kenley the first 4 months. After he started pitching bad, Morrow took over.

        1. Michael

          I know everyone knows about these two pitchers.

          You are the only one here, comparing these two pitchers, not me, and this is a bad comparison.

          Baez never pitches more then two innings, and Baez won’t pitch with the same intensity, if he pitched more innings, like a starter does, and that is why your division is a problem.

          And that is why era isn’t a good stat, to evaluate relievers with.

    1. Hey MJ
      I am doing good. Thanks for asking. I am extremely happy with Kemp so far but disappointed in the rest of the team. I think they will have to make some changes for sure. What do you think?

      1. Package

        I think some of this was preventable, because they made bad choices.

        On High Heat today, Mad Dog was asked, which team he was most worried about.

        Because the Dodgers, the Yankees, and the Nats, are having a slow starts.

        And he said he is most worried about the Dodgers, because the Yankees and the Nats, have more talent, then the Dodgers.

        And I thought of you, when he said that!

        And he mentioned Forsythe, when he was talking about some of our players, that were not that talented.

        1. MJ
          Mad Dog loves the Yankees and the East Coast writers also love the Nats so it makes sense that they would not have faith in the Dodgers. They have been calling the Nats the WS winners for the last 5 years. I listen to him but he irritates me on occasion. Guess what else? He also does not like Stanton and plans to blame him if the Yankees don’t win. Nice huh?

          1. Package

            Mad Dog is a Giant’s fan, but he hates the Yankees.

            He is expecting more from the Yankees this year, because they added Stanton, even though the Yankees came very close, to beating the Astros in that post season series.

            He bugs me sometimes too, but the other guy that appears with Mad Dog, bothers me even more, because he is constantly saying bad things about the Dodgers, to kiss his bosses A, which is Mad Dog.

            I was only talking about what he said about the talent, and talking about Forsythe.

  2. Toles as predicted is hitting in AAA now. Send down Joc, Font and Baez, call up Toles, Stewart and Venditte. Alexander will be fine.

    1. YF

      Toles is not in starting line up tonight, after he went 4 for 6 last night, and hit in 5 runs, have you heard anything about the roster at AAA?

    2. Please, not Stewart! He is as bad as the others. I have no confidence in his game. Venditte should get a turn.

  3. If the Dodgers make a roster move, doubtful, they will not announce it until sometime tomorrow afternoon. Locastro started in the outfield along with Taijeron and Ramos. Could be they were just giving Toles a day off. Venditte did have a clean inning and his 2nd hold with 2 K’s. Verdugo was the DH and Segedin hit his first homer. Lots of chatter on twitter and elsewhere that the feeling is Kershaw will opt out of his contract. Washington signed Mark Reynolds to a minor league deal and Andre is still sitting at home.

    1. Mr. Norris
      Where can I find the information or chatter about Kershaw opting out of his contract???

      1. Right here pack – Kershaw will make more money in the years after ‘18 than the $75 million that he is currently owed by the Dodgers. He’s going to ask …. no… he is going to demand $40 million per. OK. How about 3 at 40 and 2 at 30 for 5 at 36? That’s more than fair as he will be 35 in the last year of that deal and probably burnt out. The man has already made $129,129,713 and will make another $70mm if he didn’t pitch another inning. How many championships has he brought us in his prime? Hell MadBum brought 3 championships to SF for less than Kershaw makes IN ONE YEAR!

        5 years $180mm more. Take it or take a hike. Go not win any championships in Texas.

        1. Badger

          I agree with you, if Kershaw asks for to much money, it will be on Kershaw.

          Bumgarner is making a penance compared to Kershaw.

          1. Bumgarner could never pitch again and he will remain a legend in giants history. And he did it on a relievers salary.

        2. Badger
          I don’t care about the money. I care about keeping a HOF pitcher who could be a career long Dodger. We don’t pay him. Who cares. Plus we need him.

          1. #dodgers is where to read the most chatter on this stuff Pack. You can also try following some of the writers like Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal, and even the Dodger scribes if you like. I follow Jhair and Nomar a lot. Also Joe Davis who actually reply’s to your tweets. Chatter today is that the Dodgers will jump into the Machado sweepstakes. I guess they think he is a better value than Harper or Kershaw….

          2. Who cares about the money?

            Maybe you noticed that suddenly the Dodgers management cares about the money. Don’t be too disappointed if they get highballed by another organization.

  4. On Wednesday night, the Marlins were outdrawn by their Double-A affiliate, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. The Marlins drew 6,150 fans. The Jacksonville team brought in 6,960 for its home opener.

      1. Badger
        You know if the Dodgers lose Kershaw they will say they were high balled by another club. They can’t say they didn’t care if they lost Kershaw, the fans would would be irate. They are the best at manipulating the press. Mostly lies is what they spew. They have more than enough money to pay Kershaw and Harper.

        1. I absolutely agree with that pack. And who knows, maybe they are getting under the cap now to add Harper and extend Kershaw next year. I don’t think that’s the case, but what do I know.

  5. Well no moves announced by the Dodgers and I have been checking the twitter feed pretty regularly. Usually Alana or Jhair will announce them on twitter…..lineup not out yet either.

    1. 1. Chris Taylor (R) CF
      2. Corey Seager (L) SS
      3. Matt Kemp (R) LF
      4. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
      5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
      6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
      7. Logan Forsythe (R) 3B
      8. Enrique Hernandez (R) 2B
      9. Kenta Maeda (R) P

      1. That looks a lot better………but Utley should have got the start at 2nd with Greinke going…

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