Despite the fact that the Padres are closer to making the playoffs than the Dodgers are to losing the NL West, it’s understandable that fans are antsy after the Dodgers have lost eight of their last nine games. That’s especially true after tonight’s 13-0 domination at the hands of the Diamondbacks, making it the fourth straight loss and nine of their last 10.
Baseball is bad.
Rich Hill looked impressive, having both the fastball and curve working. He needed just 87 pitches to get through six innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out nine. Unfortunately, he allowed a two-run homer to J.D. Martinez in a fourth, and it happened on a quality pitch that was low and away as well. Can’t do much about that.
Speaking of not being able to do much, Ray was perfect through the first five innings before surrendering a single to Logan Forsythe to start the sixth. He ended up going 7.2 innings of shutout ball, dominating the Dodgers, surrendering only three singles and striking out 14.
Out of the Dodgers bullpen, Pedro Baez entered in relief and promptly gave up back-to-back homers to Martinez and Brandon Drury, then surrendered back-to-back singles before exiting the game having failed to record an out. Edward Paredes entered and added to the woes, giving up back-to-back singles of his own to score two runs, both of which were charged to Baez. Hilariously enough, Paredes then induced an infield fly and a 4-6-3 double play to get out of it with his 0.00 ERA intact.
Josh Fields then entered for the eighth with a few dozen gas cans, giving up Martinez’s third homer and also a two-run shot in his inning. Wilmer Font entered for the ninth, and he proceeded to have disaster himself, issuing a walk, double, and single, before giving up Martinez’s fourth homer of the game. Giving up four runs in an inning is not great.
Still, the problem was the Dodger bats being limited to three hits and a walk. Hard to win anything that way.
92-45 overall and 52-17 at home. The NL West lead is now down to 12.5 games and the magic number remains at 13. The thing more likely in danger is the best record in baseball, which is now down to 8 games after the Astros won today.
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks do this again tomorrow at 4:10 PM HST/7:10 PM PST/10:10 PM EST. Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.71 ERA/4.63 FIP/4.61 DRA) will square off against Zack Greinke (3.08 ERA/3.15 FIP/2.93 DRA), against whom the offense will try not to embarrass themselves.