Kelly Blows Another Lead As Bats Go Cold

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In his second game as a Dodger, Joe Kelly did what he seems to do best, blowing a lead. Julio Urías threw 5 shutout innings and left with a two-run lead when Kelly allowed the Giants to score four runs.

If you’ll remember, Kelly blew a lead on Friday night in the Dodgers’ 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. In fact, Kelly blew the lead twice, forcing extra-innings.

On Monday night, he was brought into the game in the sixth inning to preserve a 2-0 lead. He promptly surrendered a solo home run to Brandon Belt. When Kelly was sent out to pitch the seventh, he choked with two outs, surrendering the game-tying run. Then, with two runners on base, Scott Alexander gave up a two-run double to Belt. The runs were charged to Kelly.

This disastrous 7th inning blew what had been an incredible start from Urías. Urías had thrown 5 shutout innings with no walks, 7 strikeouts, and just 3 hits. But the young left had to settle for a no-decision as his teammates weren’t there to back him up.

The only run support the Dodgers gave Urías came in the 5th inning via the home run. Chris Taylor, who collected his first hit of the season earlier, hit his first homer of the season to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Alex Verdguo hit his first longball of the year.

Poor Bullpen Management

While Joe Kelly deserves most of the blame for the loss because he kept throwing meatballs over the plate, I think that Dave Roberts is at fault too. When Kelly finished the 6th inning, it made sense that he’d be done, after all, he’d just given up a home run in a close game. But Dave Roberts sent him out in the seventh and refused to pull him until the game was tied with two runners on base.

If he had given Alexander a chance to start pitching with the bases empty, I believe he would have done much better. But one thing’s for sure, Joe Kelly is a disaster in close games.

Up Next:

The Dodgers look to even the series tonight against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. The Dodgers will send Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound in search of his second win of the season. Ryu allowed one earned run over 6 innings in an Opening Day win against the Diamondbacks. The game will start at 7:10pm.

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