The Dodgers started the second half of the season on an East Coast road trip that begun in Boston for a World Series rematch, and they picked up where they left off in an 8-1 loss to the Red Sox that makes it four games in a row.
Kenta Maeda started the game for the Dodgers and he ended up surrendering three runs over 5.2 innings. Again though, he pitched quite well, striking out seven and giving up just four hits and a walk, but was bitten by two solo homers. That continues to be a significant problem.
Eduardo Rodriguez was unfortunately better, going seven innings and striking out 10, giving up just five hits and two walks. The one run he surrendered game on Alex Verdugo‘s 10th dong of the year in the 2nd inning.
The Dodgers pen continued to … well, look like it needed help.
Pedro Baez took over for Maeda and he was not as bad as his three runs in two outs looks like. He gave up a swinging push-bunt single thingy, a bleeder in front of the plate that Austin Barnes couldn’t get the lead runner on, and then a double off the Green Monster in left. So two hits but three runners, all of whom were a bit unlucky.
JT Chargois then took over and poured gas on the fire, getting two outs but giving up two runs on a walk and a homer to make it 8-1. Zac Rosscup closed things up, giving up a double and a walk, but not getting into further mess.
But at the end of the day, the bats continued to be the problem, as the Dodgers got runners into scoring position in just two innings against the Red Sox tonight. They managed just five hits and two walks in total.
The loss drops the Dodgers to 60-33, a 105-win pace, and leaves them 12.5 games up in the NL West on the Diamondbacks.
The two teams will do it again tomorrow on FOX at 1:15 PM HST/4:15 PM PST/7:15 PM EST. Ross Stripling (RHP/3.79 ERA/3.90 FIP/3.65 DRA) will face off against Chris Sale (LHP/4.04 ERA/3.30 FIP/2.85 DRA), both of whom are sorta pitching like shit of late.