Defense, Pitching Let Dodgers Down In Blowout Loss

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It was another rough day for the Dodgers as they committed two errors and Kenta Maeda allowed 6 runs in the Dodgers’ 11-1 loss to the Rockies. Dodger hitters had a rough time as well as Jon Gray held them to 1 run over 8 innings.

As the Dodgers continued to slump to 15-14 since June 23, every weakness came to light on Monday night. The Joc Pederson experiment at first base continued to be a disaster as he made yet another error (his 6th at first base in 20 games) and nearly made another. Ultimately, his frustrations resulted in him getting benched after not running out a ground ball in the 8th inning.

“It is what it is,” said Pederson. “I think that it was unprofessional. I let the emotions get the best of me, and I need to be better than that. There’s no single thing [that led to the frustration], combination of things.”

Pederson, however, wasn’t the only person to struggle defensively. In fact, the entire defense has been a problem as they’ve committed 22 errors in their last 14 games.

Max Muncy has been a big part of it, as his costly error in the 5th inning prevented a possible double play and contributed to a big inning by the Rockies. The error was Muncy’s 6th of the season at second base, a position he claims to be most comfortable at but is his worst fielding position.

Up Next:

It’s a new day and a fresh chance for the Dodgers to get back on track as they send Julio Urías out for a spot-start in place of the injured Ross Stripling. Urías, 4-2 with a 2.34 ERA will face off against Kyle Freeland, a Cy Young candidate last year, but this year he owns a 2-8 record and a 7.00 ERA. It’s the perfect opportunity to get back on track and hopefully, the Dodgers can take advantage. The game will begin at 5:40 pm.

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