The Dodgers smashed the hopes and dreams of every Dodger fan on the face of the planet on Wednesday night when they lost 7-2 against the Diamondbacks and fell half a game behind the Rockies. Ross Stripling lasted only 1.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, while D-backs’ starter, Zack Greinke allowed just two runs over six innings of work.
The Dodgers, who had momentum on their side heading into the series against the D-backs, dropped the final two games of the series. What made it worse is the fact that the Rockies won on those days. Because of this, the Dodgers now trail by half a game.
They had a lot of chances to score against Greinke, as he allowed eight hits. But the Dodgers managed only two hits in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Everything went wrong in the second inning. The Dodgers entered the inning with a 2-0 lead, but a home run by Sócrates Brito, an RBI double by Nick Ahmed, and a Greinke RBI single chased Stripling out of the game, trailing 3-2.
“Today was a struggle from the start,” said Stripling. “Just couldn’t put anyone away. I think about the All-Star break, two different stints on the DL, not going to make excuses but haven’t had any outings to build confidence to the next outing. Tough when you’re trying to help a team win and you can’t get through two innings. That stinks.”
After giving up a run in each of the first two innings, then coming back to give himself the lead, Greinke shut down the Dodgers over his remaining four innings of work.
Despite this, the game stayed relatively close until the Dodgers brought in Scott Alexander in the fifth inning. The D-backs had two men on with two outs when Alexander threw a fastball down the middle of the plate. It probably won’t surprise you, but according to fangraphs.com, Pollock is slugging .373 when pitches are thrown over the middle of the plate. When fastballs are thrown over the plate, Pollock is slugging .380. So it shouldn’t surprise you that he crushed the ball for a three-run homer.
The Dodgers are trailing by half a game with only three games left in the season. The Rockies have four. This means that if the Dodgers want to win the division, they have the weekend to do it. With the way the Rockies are playing, this will be tough. The Rockies will need to lose on Thursday (this would bring them into a tie), then lose on a day that the Dodgers win in San Francisco over the weekend. The Dodgers cannot afford another loss. I’ll post an article talking about the possible solutions later today or tomorrow.
As I’ve already mentioned, the Dodgers have an off-day on Thursday. Since they have no control at all, they can only hope the Rockies lose. On Friday, the Dodgers will open their final series of the regular season. Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the series for the Dodgers against Giants’ ace, Madison Bumgarner. Ryu has allowed only two runs in 11 2/3 innings in his career at AT&T Park. This crucial game will begin at 7:15pm on Friday.