by Rowan Kavner
Times like Saturday’s offensive barrage had already erupted for a Dodger attack that struggled to capitalize on his occasional breakouts.
Immediately before the start of the Dodgers 2-8 road trip, they erupted for eight points in a shutout to cap their homestand by erasing a three-game skid. Then they scored a point in each of their next two games as a new losing streak began.
Last weekend in Milwaukee, the Dodgers’ offense exploded for 16 points in a win to break a three-game losing streak. This performance preceded another one-inning outing and another four-game slide.
Saturday’s 14-innings effort in Anaheim again had the potential to act as a catalyst for a turnaround. But again, the Dodgers’ brief explosion was followed by a run of support for their starting pitcher. They abandoned their fifth straight series on Sunday despite six quality-work innings from Trevor Bauer in a 2-1 loss.
“It’s early, and you can tell it’s early and you can tell there’s no need to panic,” Bauer said after the Dodgers lost for the 15th time in their last 20 games. after a 13-2 start to the season. âYou can say all of these things, and they are all true. But at the end of the day, we’re not just going to roll sticks and balls and win baseball games. We’re not just going to fall asleep to win another division title and get back to the World Series. This is not how it works. You have to go out there and beat somebody everyday, and we haven’t been good at it and we have to be better.
The Dodgers were 3 for 36 with runners in goal position during their four-game losing streak on Saturday, when they erupted with 11 hits in those situations. But the problems returned in Sunday’s loss, as the Dodgers left 12 runners on base and went 1 for 11 with runners in goal position.
Nine steps and one Angels error gave the Dodgers plenty of opportunities to get ahead throughout the day. They just couldn’t take it. The only hit with a runner in goal position came on an RBI single with two outs from Chris Taylor in the third inning to start the scoring. The Dodgers, who left bases loaded in the first inning, blocked two runners in the third.
âIt was definitely the story of the game,â Taylor said. “We work account and have guys on the base, and we just can’t do what it takes to get them going.”
The third inning was also the only problematic plot for Bauer. Although he allowed five baserunners in the inning, he limited the damage to two points on a double from Jared Walsh, which Bauer called by striking out the next 10 hitters he faced.
Manager Dave Roberts said Bauer was in bad weather with a sinus problem, but still struck out nine batters and gave the Dodgers six innings with his 113 pitches. Bauer has a 2.45 ERA in his last three outings, allowing two points or less in each despite the Dodgers losing all three games.
âThe more I see it, we see it, you just see what makes it great,â Roberts said. âThere’s just other gear in there. There is so much competition. When he needs to pitch, he does it.
But when the Dodgers need a shot, it doesn’t happen.
Corey Seager, who had three of the Dodgers’ four hits in the game, started the fifth inning with a brace. He never left the base. The Dodgers remain on the hunt for their second comeback win of the year after falling to 4-10 in one-set games.
âWhether it’s a pitch here, a pitch there, a defensive play that doesn’t make it or a hit that we don’t get, I can’t dissect every loss by a point,â said Roberts. . âBut we are in every game. In order to do that, we have to find ways to win these matches. “
Sunday’s loss brought them down to 18â17 overall on the year – the same number of losses they had all of the 60-game season last year. It was also the Dodgers’ first three-game series loss to the Angels since they fell two-to-three in Anaheim in June 2012.
âI’m pissed off, personally,â Bauer said. âI really hate losing. I want to win. This is why I came here. We’re not playing to the height of our ability right now, so I’m angry. I will not speak for anyone else. “