Another game, another horrible offensive performance as the Dodgers bats failed them once again in a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Aaron Harang was, well, Aaron Harang, teasing us with a good pitching performance before, ultimately, making crucial mistakes that ended up costing the Dodgers the lead, and then the game. Except for a first inning outburst (two runs these days amount for an outburst, sadly), the Dodgers did NOTHING offensively. It’s the same song and dance for this team. They get good pitching, only to have their bats fail them.
How can a lineup that consists of Shane Victorino, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzales, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier can only muster two measly runs in 27 innings? It is absolutely befuddling to me, but yet, they have. They collected four hits on Wednesday night, two of them coming in their two-run first. Other than second and fourth inning singles by Luis Cruz (the ONLY bright spot in the Dodgers batting order of late), the Dodgers collected ZERO hits after the first inning. For a team that is chasing a wild-card berth and, crazily enough, find themselves still in the thick of things, you think there would be a sense of urgency. But nope. There is none.
The Dodgers actually did something they hadn’t done in 14 games: they jumped out and scored first. Victorino hit a one-out single to left-center and Matt Kemp was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Gonzales, slumping immensely since joining the Dodgers, hit a double to right center, driving in both Victorino and Kemp and giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The Diamondbacks got a run back in the bottom of the second on a Justin Upton sacrifice fly.
Harang actually held pretty strong for a change. He usually implodes in the beginning of the game, but kept it together for the most part, dodging trouble inning after inning. We all hoped the Dodgers would have scored more runs to give Harang a nice little cushion, but, of course, that takes players actually making contact with the ball, as opposed to swinging and missing at any pitch thrown their direction.
Harang’s good fortune ended in the sixth inning. After retiring the first two batters, Harang appeared to pitch cautiously to both Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero, which was a cardinal sin. Subsequently, he walked both batters, putting runners on first and second. If only Harang actually pitched to those guys and challenged them, he could have gotten out of the inning, instead of just giving them first and second base. Upton then hit a 3-2 pitch into left field for a base hit, scoring Goldschmidt and tying the game. Harang’s night was done and Randy Choate was brought in to face Gerardo Parra, who slapped a single to left, giving the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead.
The Dodgers bats went pathetically into the night after that, not even mustering up any kind of threat to the Diamondbacks. Another night, another joke of a performance.
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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.