Julio Urías allowed 6 runs (5 earned) and the Dodgers’ hitters continued to come up empty as the Dodgers dropped their 5th straight game by a final score of 8-5. Although pitching has been a problem all year, the bigger problem last night was the lack of situational hitting.
When things were going well for the Dodgers, they weren’t relying on home runs. But in this cold stretch, the offensive strategy looks completely different. Instead of working quality at-bats and passing the baton to the next man, Dodger hitters going to the plate trying to deliver the big hit.
This was evident throughout the Dodgers’ loss last night. They went 4-13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. They also only scored via the long ball, even though they had men in scoring position a lot.
In the first inning, after Corey Seager‘s home run, Justin Turner doubled, then Cody Bellinger hit an infield single and stole second base. With only one out, the Dodgers just needed a ground ball up the middle or a deep fly ball to the outfield to score one run, and a single would have scored two. But A.J. Pollock popped out and Alex Verdugo struck out to end the inning.
The Dodgers will look to snap their losing streak tonight at 6:10 pm. The Dodgers will be forced to play a bullpen game, starting with Caleb Ferguson while the Brewers will send Zach Davies to the mound.