The second half of the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers has been a roller coaster like much of the first half was. They dropped two straight to the St. Louis Cardinals, then rebounded with an emotional win in the series finale.
The Dodgers rode the momentum to take the first game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday and watched Josh Beckett and the bullpen fall apart Tuesday.
It was Beckett’s first start since being placed on the disabled list with a hip impingement, which the right-hander later revealedhe’s dealing with a torn labrum and two cysts in his hip.
Beckett managed to pitch just 3.2 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. After his shortest start of the season, Beckett assumed responsibility for the loss and made no excuses, via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
This loss pretty much falls on me,” Beckett said. “I put our guys in a bad situation, having to eat innings up that way. I feel I can do a better job making small adjustments and didn’t do it today. That’s not competing.”
Beckett retired the side in order in the first inning and then surrendered two solo home runs in the second. Gregory Polanco hit the third home run of the night off Beckett in the third and Neil Walker added an RBI double in the inning.
The four runs Beckett allowed are the second-highest this season; he’s given up five runs in two starts. After the veteran right-hander handed the ball over to the bullpen the situation got worse for the Dodgers.
In a combined 3.2 innings, Paul Maholm, Jamey Wright and Chris Perez gave up eight runs to the Pirates. The rough start for Beckett, who’s otherwise been impressive this season, may be attributed to some rust, but his injury does raise some concern.
If both Beckett and Dan Haren are to struggle moving forward, it may sway the Dodgers into trading for a starting pitcher.
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