After falling to the Padres this afternoon, 6-4, the Dodgers have now lost three straight series, including seven of their last eight.
This fucking sucks, you guys.
A reminder from the baseball gods that the sport is definitely terrible.
The good thing about this series is that it's not the Brewers or D-Backs owning them, it's that they're truly just playing like dogshit.
— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) September 3, 2017
Alex Wood was back off the disabled list, tasked with ending the trend of terrible starts by the Dodgers. While Wood was not terrible, he also certainly didn’t give the team what they wanted/needed. Wood got six innings on 98 pitches and struck out seven, but he also walked three and gave up seven hits for four runs. Perhaps most importantly is he surrendered two homers, a thing that’s become a problem of late.
Perhaps the more relevant information was that Wood’s velocity was sitting 92-93 mph in the first three innings of his start, but did fall back more into the worrisome range late, with it falling back to 90-91 mph.
Still, the offense didn’t do enough today, notching just five hits. Quite frankly, even getting three runs out of that is sort of a miracle.
Not that it mattered anyway, as Fabio Castillo entered in the seventh and surrendered a walk and three hits for two runs without getting an out before being removed for Luis Avilan. Avilan did amazing work, inducing a double play and a fly out to get out of things without more damage being done.
Tony Cingrani then finished things out for the bullpen in the eighth, with a grounder and two strikeouts. That’s six straight scoreless appearances for him.
Of course, it wasn’t nearly enough, but hey, better than everything sucking.
92-43 overall. 40-28 away from home. Less than ideal recent results, however.
Hopefully a trip home will help the Dodgers, who start a series with the Diamondbacks tomorrow at 2:10 PM HST/5:10 PM PST/8:10 PM EST. Rich Hill will square off against Robbie Ray, in what could be something like a playoff pitching matchup at least.