The Dodgers had a 2-0 lead entering the 8th inning, but the bullpen blew yet another game, giving up a go-ahead Grand Slam to Gerardo Parra as the Nationals came back and stunned the Dodgers 5-2.
In a team loss by the bullpen, Pedro Báez loaded the bases with a single, error, and walk before handing the ball to Scott Alexander. Alexander faced only one batter, allowing an RBI single against Juan Soto and the Dodger lead was trimmed to 2-1.
Then with just a one-run lead and the bases still loaded, the Dodgers turned to Dylan Floro. Floro entered the game with a 0.00 ERA, even though he had a blown save. After striking out a batter, Floro threw a bad fastball to Parra. Parra didn’t miss it, sending it 413 feet into the night.
Báez was charged with 3 unearned runs and his second loss of the year. Alexander was charged with one unearned run, and Floro was charged with an unearned run and a blown save. But whether or not the runs were earned or unearned the truth is, surrendering 5 runs in the eighth inning is unacceptable. A bullpen should NEVER fail this badly, especially against a team as bad as the Nationals.
All of this 8th inning failure overshadowed a fantastic beginning to the game. Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer battled for the first 7 innings. Scherzer allowed 2 runs on 5 hits with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks and Buehler allowed no runs on 4 hits with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk. So Buehler outpitched Scherzer, but the bullpen blew it and Scherzer ended up with the win.
The Dodgers will go for a series split at 1:10 pm today. Stephen Strasburg will pitch for the Nationals against Hyun-Jin Ryu. Strasburg is 3-2 on the year with a 3.71 ERA. He’s 0-2 at Dodger Stadium, but he has a 1.80 ERA. Ryu is 4-1 on the year with a 2.03 ERA. Ryu has been a beast at home this year. Hopefully, his dominant pitching will continue as the Dodgers look for a split of the series.