Rich Hill allowed 3 earned runs over 5 innings, then the bullpen gave up 3 unearned runs thanks to 3 errors by the Dodger defense. And with all of this, Nationals starter, Patrick Corbin dominated Dodger hitters as the Nationals beat the Dodgers 6-0.
Hill entered the first inning unable to command his curveball, a pitch he relies on for any kind of success. So as you can imagine, he was in trouble in the first inning.
After surrendering a double hitting a batter, Hill found himself with runners on second and third for Howie Kendrick. With two strikes, Hill hung a curveball against his former teammate. Kendrick deposited the ball in the left field bleachers and the Nationals took a 3-0 lead.
This homer continued Hill’s streak of allowing a first-inning homer this year. He’s done it in 3-straight starts now. In fact, his first inning ERA is 15.00 while after the first inning his ERA is 1.50.
When asked about his struggles, Hill said, “Just got to not do that. That would be nice. It’s executing pitches and lot leaving breaking balls down the middle.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Corbin had his breaking ball working out of the gate. Before the game, Dave Roberts spoke to the Dodger hitters and told them not to chase the breaking ball down and in. But that’s what they did consistently. And because of that, Corbin’s line was 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K.
In the later innings, when the Dodgers needed to keep the game close, their fielders could not come through. In the eighth inning, Justin Turner made a throwing error to allow a lead-off runner. He came around to score and then another run scored with two outs. Both runs were unearned and charged to Dylan Floro.
In the 9th, the Dodgers made two errors and allowed the Nationals to score another run. Max Muncy dropped a foul ball and gave Michael A. Taylor another chance. Taylor capitalized and hit a single. Then Joe Kelly made a fielding error to let Adrían Sanchez reach. Sanchez eventually came around to score and the Nats led 6-0.
The Dodgers will look to bounce back against Aníbal Sánchez on Friday night. Kenta Maeda will take the mound for the Dodgers. Neither pitch has great stats this year; Maeda is 3-2 with a 4.66 ERA and Sánchez is 0-5 with a 5.15 ERA. The game will begin at 7:10 pm.