On this special episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared and I talk about a disappointing Game 3 for the Dodgers. It was a game of missed opportunities, poor performance and even a racial gesture.
Yu Darvish, in the biggest start of his career, shit the bed. He got just five outs and gave up four runs. He never looked like he had any of his pitches working. Against an historically good offense like the Astros have, that won’t fly.
The bullpen did an excellent job picking up for Darvish. It allowed just one unearned run in 7 1/3 innings. If the Dodgers had won, the bullpen would have been the MVP. Kenta Maeda stopped the bleeding early.
Even after getting down 4-0, the Dodgers fought back in the third inning. They loaded the bases on three walks for Corey Seager. Unfortunately, his approach was garbage and he grounded into a double play. Justin Turner grounded out following that, so the Dodgers were only able to get one run in a bases loaded, no outs situation. Less than ideal.
The Dodgers should have given up about 9-10 runs in Game 3, but they also missed hittable pitches and didn’t cash in on their opportunities. Hat tip to Lance McCullers and Brad Peacock.
Yuli Gurriel was the player who made a racist gesture, if you haven’t heard by now. Chad wrote about it twice, while Jared and I give our thoughts on the whole situation. It’s a bad situation.
Anyway, the Dodgers are facing a must-win game tonight behind Alex Wood. He was their best starting pitcher for most of the first half, and the Dodgers just need to get one more good start from him. Unfortunately, it’s coming in the World Series against the Astros. If they don’t win tonight, it’s going to be awfully tough to come back from a 3-1 deficit.
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