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Brett Anderson Struggles In Sixth, Dodgers Drop Fourth Straight



Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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Ellis led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double to the gap in right-center, the Dodgers fifth hit of the night. With the pitcher Anderson at the plate, he bunted Ellis over to third to bring up the top of the order. After a Rollins strike out, Peraza hit the first pitch for the second time tonight for a ground ball to second base to end the inning.

Rendon got his second hit of the night to begin the sixth inning. Harper whipped the second pitch he saw for a single to put runners on first and second with on outs. On a full count, Zimmerman crushed a pitch to left field for a double, scoring Rendon from second. With runners on second and third, Werth hit a ball over the head of Kiké Hernandez that scored both runners to give the Nationals a 5-0 lead. The inning wouldn’t end there as Desmond got the fifth straight hit off of Anderson to put runners on the corners. With zero outs, Jose Lobaton walked to load the bases. Taylor followed with another hit for the Nationals to move the runners up and give the Nationals a 6-0 lead, ending Anderson’s day without getting through the sixth. Anderson ended with 5.1 innings pitched, 10 hits allowed, three walks, and six earned runs.

Pedro Baez and the Dodgers’ bullpen entered the game with the worst bullpen ERA since July 1, attempting to end the inning without giving up further damage. The opposing pitcher Gonzalez fouled out for the first out of the inning. On a ground ball by Escobar, the newly brought up Peraza botched the double play ball by giving the ball to Rollins when he could have stepped on the bag, allowing the run to score from third. With two outs, Rendon struck out on a 98 MPH fastball from Baez to end the inning.

The first two batters went down in the bottom of the sixth inning, bringing Hernandez to the plate. On a 2-2 count, Hernandez doubled to left field. Callaspo followed with an infield single to put runners on the corners, but Guerrero hit into a force out to end the inning.

Baez struck out the side in the top of the seventh inning to record his sixth straight out of the game. On a rather good note from the bullpen, Baez has now pitched 11 straight scoreless innings. The Dodgers also went down in order in the bottom of the seventh inning.

J.P. Howell came in to pitch the top of the eighth and allowed a home run to Desmond, his second of the night, but got out of the inning without any more damage. The Dodgers were unable to get on the board in the bottom of the eighth.

Kenley Jansen came out to pitch the top of the ninth and retired the side in order.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers showed some signs of life putting two runners on for Carl Crawford, who deposited a Doug Fister pitcher deep into the right field pavilion. The Dodgers went on to lose though, 8-3. It was the first time the Dodgers have lost four in a row since September 2013.

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