A massive heat wave has spread across southern California but the Dodgers are ice cold as they continue to play crappy uninspired baseball. The Dodgers dropped their fifth straight game losing to the Dbacks 8-1 on Thursday afternoon. The Snakes swept them right out of the desert in embarrassing fashion. Once again the Dodgers were losing in the first inning. It seems lately that the club just shows up to the game with a deficit. This time it was Kenta Maeda’s turn to pitch like garbage and well, he certainly did. It was 2-0 Arizona by the second inning and things got far worse from there. Sound familiar? It sure does. Take a look below at what the Dodger starters have done in this series.
#Dodgers starting pitchers in this series (Hill, Ryu, Maeda) — 10 2/3 IP, 19 runs, .436 BA (24 for 55), 7 doubles, 1 triple, 6 HRs
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 31, 2017
It seems as if the Dodgers have regressed right back to the way they were playing in April. The formula for losing is so simple that even beginner math students could calculate it. The starting pitchers allow 3-5 runs right away in the first inning putting the team in an early hole that the offense is unable to dig out of. So to recap; terrible starting pitching, early deficits, and listless offense means more losing. And trust me the Dodgers will continue to lose if they keep using this formula. With Corey Seager still out with a sore elbow, and Justin Turner slumping and automatic outs like Enrique Hernandez and Logan Forsythe in the lineup every day the Offense has been nonexistent, with the exception of a few spurts here and there.
Dodgers 1 5 0
Dbacks 8 10 0
Let’s get back to the starting pitching though. That’s been the big problem. Maeda joined the ranks of the rest of the fifth inning strugglers, but I should really just call them the first inning strugglers now. That’s because they continuously give up runs in the opening frame. The Dodgers have been outscored 10-0 in the first inning this series by Arizona.
Maeda gave up two in the first, three runs in the bottom of the second and two more in the third inning. His final pitching line looked as ugly as his pitches. The Japanese right hander allowed seven earned runs on eight hits across three frames. He struck out four and walked one. As usual the very first batter of the game Gregor Blanco immediately doubled. After a walk and a force out, professional Dodger killer Paul Goldschmidt doubled in two to put the Snakes up 2-0.
The Snakes played some long ball in the second frame. After a Ketel Marte single and a run-scoring Gregor Blanco double Chris Iannetta’s line drive home run to left scored two more runs to put the Dbacks up 5-0. Are we sensing a pattern here?
The third inning made no difference as the Dbacks continued with their batting practice. Goldschmidt doubles (again) and A.J. Pollack homers to make the score 7-1 Arizona. Of the dbacks 10 hits, six of them were for extra-bases. Goldschmidt and Blanco each had two doubles, and the former Giant Blanco had three hits on the afternoon. Just plain bad.
As for the Dodger bats, there wasn’t much to write home about. As with the formula I mentioned above the offense went right to sleep after the club was down 5-0. The only run scored was from an Adrian Gonzalez RBI double in the top of the second. The Dodgers had five hits and left five men on base. They were 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position. Opposing starter and Dodger turncoat Zack Greinke effortlessly tossed six innings of one-run ball against the sad sack Dodgers. Greinke struck out six and walked two while making 99 pitches. Boy wouldn’t it be nice to get that kind of starting pitching performance lately?
On the bright side September reinforcements are on their way. According to reports the Dodgers will be calling up top outfield prospect Alex Verdugo. The twitter tropes are still going crazy over it. The Dodgers are also calling up PCL minor league pitcher of the year Wilmer Font. Apparently Joc Pederson will remain in triple-A. Trust me Joc, be grateful. You don’t want any part of this misery.
Dodgers last 5-game losing streak: April 25-30, 2016. There have been 131 diff 5-game losing streaks in MLB since May 1, 2016 (PHI has 12)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 31, 2017
Clayton Kershaw returns on Friday evening as the Dodgers look to get swept in San Diego. Right hander Dinelson Lamet (what a name) will counter for the Padres. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PST.