Coming off a sweep of the Nationals and riding a four-game winning streak, the Dodgers sorta laid an egg at home against the Rockies. The offense stalled almost completely and the defense was the main culprit late as they fell 2-1.
Walker Buehler was outstanding for the Dodgers today, especially in the face of some adversity. He gutted out seven innings on just 90 pitches, thanks in large part to walking nobody and allowing just two hits.
The 5th in particular was eventful for him, as he gave up a solo shot to Gerardo Parra for the only run he allowed, then was hit by a 108 mph line drive back at him from Trevor Story.
Somehow he managed to stay in, and Chris Taylor immediately robbed Ian Desmond with a stellar play at short.
Buehler also ended up striking out six batters in his start.
And he’s the kinda pitcher to make Nolan Arenado do this.
In the sweep of the Nationals, the Dodgers were still an amazing 3-22 with runners in scoring position, and they went 0-3 tonight. However, the main problem was they didn’t get many chances with just two hits and three walks.
It took Max Muncy turning on one and lining a solo homer in the 4th to get the Dodgers on the board.
Still, it was tied heading into the 8th, and while the bullpen will get stuck with the loss it was honestly on the defense. Pedro Baez got two outs and allowed just a walk, but that walk advanced to third base thanks to a steal and a throw by Yasmani Grandal into center. Baez was then relieved by Scott Alexander, who induced a weak grounder to second from Carlos Gonzalez, but that ended up as a run-scoring single after Chase Utley was unable to make a play that Logan Forsythe would’ve probably made look routine. With the throw getting away and CarGo advancing to second, Alexander at least got out of further trouble in the 8th with a pop out.
Daniel Hudson was given the 9th, and he allowed a walk and another runner that reached on a bouncing grounder hit to Utley that he couldn’t get out of his glove or something. Thankfully, he got out of the inning unscathed with the Dodgers just down a run.
Not that it mattered as they couldn’t do a thing in the 9th, just like the rest of the game, and went down in 1-2-3 fashion. Matt Kemp ended the game by seemingly reaching on an error, but made a slight feint to second and got caught trying to get back to first.
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— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) May 22, 2018
The loss ends the Dodgers winning streak and drops them to 20-27 overall and a shocking 8-14 at Chavez Ravine. The Diamondbacks lost today, meaning the Rockies have now taken the lead in the NL West, and the Dodgers are 5.5 games back.
The two teams do it again tomorrow at 4:00 PM HST/7:00 PM PST/10:00 PM EST on ESPN, so get your mute button ready. Kenta Maeda (3.89 ERA/2.75 FIP/1.60 DRA) will take the mound looking to continue the success he found in his last start, and he’ll face off against a quality starter in Chad Bettis (3.27/4.31/3.46).