I’m not even sure where to start tonight. Should we begin by mentioning this was the second night in a row the Dodgers’ starting pitcher couldn’t get into the fifth inning – and they allowed too many runs for the offense to recover? Maybe we should lead off with the nine base runners the Dodgers left tonight – including leaving the bases loaded in the eighth inning.
We would also be remiss if we didn’t mention Chase Utley and Cody Bellinger getting plunked by Arizona pitchers. This is a very bad habit that the Dodgers are definitely not doing enough to discourage. I’m not calling for head shots, but the Snakes bean Dodgers like it’s a natural thing. The Dodgers need to send a message the other way. Pronto.
No, I won’t start with any of that. Let’s run with the lone highlights from the night, courtesy of Curtis Granderson and Yasiel Puig. Granderson broke up the Snakes’ shutout in the seventh with a solo home run…
Puig later singled up the middle with the bases loaded in the eighth to score two. It was the last time the Dodgers scored, despite loading the bases again in the inning with only one out. Puig also had a brilliant 10 pitch at bat. He eventually walked, and was left on base as nobody else wearing the travel greys could get anything going with the wood tonight.
Otherwise, everything else about this game was thoroughly forgettable. Hyun-Jin Ryu went Jeckle and Hyde and pitched horribly. He only lasted four innings, walking three, with eight hits and THREE home runs. I suppose it can be checked off to everyone has a bad night, but too many Dodgers are experiencing bad nights – all a t once – and the results aint pretty.
Oh yeah, in case I forgot to mention it, the Diamondbacks hit Dodgers at the plate with impunity.
Tomorrow Kenta Maeda goes to the mound. Let’s see if he can get to the fifth inning. Where have I heard that before?