Over the weekend, while the Dodger bullpen was busy blowing games, we forgot that the bats haven’t been helping either recently. Since the series against the Houston Astros, the Dodgers have scored more than four runs only once. They’ve scored two or fewer runs in six of the eleven games. Even worse, they’ve lost seven one-run games in this stretch. Unfortunately, the Dodgers were unable to re-write the narrative on Tuesday night.
Alen Hanson came up clutch for the Giants, with two key singles with runners in scoring position, driving in both their runs, sending the Dodgers to a 2-1 loss in game two of the series against San Francisco. The Dodgers didn’t do themselves any favors, going just 1-7 with runners in scoring position.
Alex Wood gave the Dodgers a great chance to win, pitching five innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and one walk with six strikeouts in his return from the DL. Unfortunately, Andrew Suárez out-pitched Wood, with six shutout innings and just two hits allowed.
But the Dodgers still had plenty of chances against Suárez. He allowed only two hits, but he walked three batters. That’s three free baserunners. But even with the free gifts, the Dodgers were unable to score.
Strangely enough, the Dodgers managed to score one run against the best bullpen in the NL West. With Justin Turner on second base, Manny Machado decided it was time to pick up his sixth RBI as a Dodger. He attacked a first-pitch fastball from Sam Dyson and hit an RBI single. This tied the game at one.
Because the Dodgers’ bullpen is shaky and the rotation is overflowing, the Dodgers sent Kenta Maeda to the mound in the ninth inning. Maeda entered the game and gave up back-to-back singles, before recording two outs. Once again, the Dodgers needed only one more out.
Once again, they couldn’t get it. Hanson hit a single into center field. Kiké Hernández picked up the ball and threw as hard as he possibly could. The throw was just a little too high. It was, however, still reachable for Yasmani Grandal. But in his haste to catch the ball and tag the runner, Grandal forgot the secure the ball in his glove.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers did what they have become infamous for: leaving runners in scoring position. With two outs in the ninth, Cody Bellinger stole second base. This meant that the tying run was in scoring position. But Max Muncy got too excited and swung at some pitches outside the zone, striking out and sending the Dodgers to their fifth straight loss.
Rivalry Renewed In LA
It wouldn’t be a Dodgers-Giants series without a benches-clearing brawl. Once again, Yasiel Puig was in the middle of it. After fouling off a pitch he should have hit, Puig showed obvious signs of frustration, something he does often. This upset Giants’ catcher, Nick Hundley.
According to Puig, Hundley told him to get back in the box, then when Puig got in his face, he told him to get out of his face. Puig further said that Hundley, “said some words to me in English that I really can’t repeat. That’s why I was upset.”
Puig and Hundley were both ejected following the brawl.
The Dodgers will try to end their losing streak at 7:10 on Wednesday against the Giants. Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his return from the DL for the Dodgers against Derek Holland. Before hitting the DL on May 3, Ryu owned a 3-0 record with a 2.12 ERA.