What a roller coaster of emotions at Chavez Ravine. After losing five-straight games, the Dodgers faithful were fired up and ready for a breakout. Los Angeles took an early lead being the return of Hyun-jin Ryu, but the wheels fell off quickly.
Andrew McCutchen ties the game with a three-run HR. Dodgers bullpen has blown a lead for seventh straight game.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 16, 2018
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s fantastic six-inning outing was ruined by another bullpen unraveling. He had held them scoreless through six and struck out six Giants. He allowed just three hits and did not issue a walk. Ryu moved his earned run average all the way down to 1.77 on an injury-shortened season.
Then came the bullpen. The biggest flaw in the Dodgers’ game had to enter at some point, and they did exactly what they have done for the past week and a half or so. JT Chargois tossed a scoreless inning, but Caleb Ferguson got stung. He gave up a game-tying three-run shot to Andrew McCutchen, and the air left Dodger Stadium.
The good news is that every other member of the bullpen did their part, well into extra innings. Erik Goeddel pitched 1.1 innings of perfect ball. Scott Alexander got himself into a bit of trouble in the tenth, but worked out of it unscathed. And Pedro Baez tossed two perfect innings of work to earn the win.
Then came Dozier’s time to shine. Yasmani Grandal led off the 12th with a double, and moved to third on a base hit by Max Muncy. Dozier then hit a long sacrifice fly to center, and the Dodgers faithful got to drive home in a good mood.
The Dodgers have a day off on Thursday before heading to Seattle for a weekend series. It’s been a rough week Dodgers Nation, but things are looking up.
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