It’s safe to say that relief pitcher Matt Gurrier’s biggest contribution to the Dodgers was his being on the disabled list for the better part of the year. Gurrier faltered in a late-game situation for the second time in two appearances in the Dodgers 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres in 11 innings. Last Friday, making his first appearance, he gave up an 11th inning go-ahead home run to Jason Kubel, leading to their 4-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last night, he gave up a game-tying two-run home run to Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal in the eighth inning, sucking ALL of the air out the Dodger Stadium crowd. Logan Forsythe then hit an RBI single to center in the 11th off of reliever John Ely (0-1) , giving the Padres the lead.
It was a frustrating night, all around for the Dodgers, capitalized by Gurrier’s epic failure. The Dodgers, yet again, struggled to score runs or show any type of offensive fortitude. Dodgers starting pitcher, Clayton Kershaw’s outing started out rough as Chris Denorfia hit the first pitch he threw deep into the left field pavilion and the Padres were already up 1-0 while most people were still parking their cars. Kershaw settled down after that home run, not allowing a run, while pitching seven strong innings.
The offense is just a mess right now. Even when they find ways to get on base, the Dodgers found new and creative ways to mess it up. Mark Ellis led off the bottom of the first with a double to left field and then took third on a Shane Victorino sacrifice. With Adrian Gonzales, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier looming, the inning looked good. However, Ellis was thrown out at third by Grandal after taking too far of a lead after a pitch to Gonzales. Completely inexcusable to get picked off in that situation at this stage of the year. They eventually got even in the bottom of the second as Ethier blasted his 17th home run of the year.
Things then got worse for the Dodgers in their half of the sixth. Gonzales opened up with a double to left and advanced to third on a single to right. Ramirez then hit a ground ball to third baseman Headley, who caught Gonzales in no man’s land, and he was eventually tagged out. Ethier then followed by flying out to shallow right and Luis Cruz lined out to center, and the Dodger’s were left with nothing.
They finally scratched in the seventh. A.J. Ellis led off with a single to left and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Adam Kennedy. Ellis then doubled to left, which advanced A.J. to third. Victorino then followed with a base hit to center, scoring A.J. Mark Ellis then scored on a sacrifice fly by Gonzales giving the Dodgers, what seemed like, a comfortable 3-1 lead.
Unfortunately for the Dodgers and the Dodgers faithful, relief pitcher Gurrier entered the game and gave it right back.
About the Author
Written by Simran Reyatt
Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles I became passionate about sports around 1988, watching the showtime Lakers and the miracle Dodgers. I have been hooked ever since! Lakers, Raider and Dodgers are my main passions, but really, I'm a huge sports lover as a whole.