Each game these days is like a playoff game for the Dodgers. At the start of the day, they found themselves trailing the St. Louis Cardinals by two games for the final wildcard spot. They’ve also allowed the Milwaukee Brewers to pass them in the the wildcard standings. But yet, given just how badly these Dodgers have been playing, they still find themselves in the thick of things.
So with that said, you’d think that there would be a sense of urgency with them. You’d think that they’d scratch and claw their way to victories, that they’d do all the little things necessary to win. Not quite. The Dodgers offense continues to be a lost at sea (or somewhere). Out of the last nine Dodger losses, they have either been shut out or scored one measly one. That is just unfathomable given this Dodger lineup. I mean, really, think about it. You have Mark Ellis, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzales, Hanley Ramirez, Luis Cruz, Juan Rivera and A.J. Ellis. Alright you can ignore the Ellis’s, Cruz and Rivera and look at the rest. It’s unheard of how a lineup this potent can continually put up duds night in and night out.
The Dodgers were, unsurprisingly, shut out again by the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ballpark. Combined with the Cardinals win, the Dodgers end the day three games out of the coveted second wildcard spot. It’s as if they are running in place. They gain a game one day, they give it right back the next. They play well one day, play like bums the next. The offense ‘explodes’ giving them a six-run lead, pitching gives it right back. The pitching is phenomenal, the hitting is non-existent. This team cannot get on the same page.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that the Dodgers needed to sweep this series to maintain any hopes of the playoffs. Well they didn’t sweep, but yet they are still alive, if barely. They must salvage this series with a win tomorrow and hope the Cubs and the Nationals help them out with wins.
Saturday’s game was no different. Stephen Fife pitched respectably, giving up two runs in five innings. Of course, the offense gave him support. Any time a Dodger got on base, he would immediately be nullified on a force-out or a double play.
Meanwhile, the Reds did what good ball clubs did. They got men on, they got them over and they got them in. They hit home runs, they got clutch, two-out hits that drove in runs and they capitalized on errors.
They scored four runs in the seventh and eighth innings, effectively putting the game out of reach. Sadly for the Dodgers, the moment Jay Bruce’s mammoth home run landed deep into the right field stands putting the Reds up 1-0, this game was already out of reach.
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.