Bullpen Blows Lead Late As Dodgers Fall To Rivals

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Ross Stripling loaded the bases and Dylan Floro allowed Evan Longoria to hit a 3-run double as the Dodgers blew a 2-0 lead and fell to the Giants by a 3-2 score.

The game started off as a pitcher’s duel between Kenta Maeda and Jeff Samardzija. Both pitchers threw 5 scoreless innings but Samardzija had more command as he allowed just 2 hits and 1 walk while Maeda allowed 7 hits and 2 walks.

But once the starting pitchers were out, it was the Giants bullpen who caved first. The Giants brought their left-handed specialist Tony Watson into the game and he surrendered two earned runs.

Cody Bellinger broke the scoreless tie and broke a record at the same time. With two men on and one out, Bellinger hit an RBI single to right field for his 37th RBI of the year, the most ever before May in Major League history.

After Bellinger’s hit, Max Muncy extended the Dodger lead with an RBI double. It seems like Muncy is finally getting going after a rough start this year. He had 3 hits and 2 RBIs on Sunday and another RBI last night.

And then came the 7th inning disaster. Stripling entered in the 7th and was terrible. He was only able to record an out on a bad leadoff bunt attempt. After that, he allowed a single, a double, and then a walk to load the bases. After the walk, Dave Roberts did the only sensible thing and went to Floro. But Floro could only record one out before surrendering a bases-clearing double to Longoria.

A Rookie Mistake (By A Veteran)

The Dodgers looked like they were building momentum in the top of the 7th. There was a man on first when David Freese hit a bloop single that landed on the infield and rolled maybe 50-75 feet down the right-field line. With the right fielder, Gerardo Parra already close to the ball, Freese should not have taken a big turn. But he did, then in his haste to get back to the bag, he slipped, allowing Parra to throw behind him and pick him off.

This is a play that CANNOT happen. Freese is a veteran player who has played in the Majors for 11 years. He should know better. And even if he didn’t, his first base coach should. Freese didn’t need to advance to second. The top of the order was up after him. But this play killed the Dodgers momentum and prevented them from adding insurance runs, which would have prevented a loss.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will try to avoid any pitching fails and stupid baserunning mistakes in game two at 6:45 pm. Walker Buehler (2-0, 5.25 ERA) will face Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 3.65 ERA).

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