Dodgers Bullpen Melts Down in Series Loss to the Lowly Pirates

Coming off of back-to-back series sweeps over the Giants and Cubs, the last thing anyone expected was a series loss for the Dodgers. Especially since they were playing the Pirates, a team with almost no expectations to compete this season. 

But the Dodgers came into Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning with a chance to take the series. Ryan Pepiot made his big league debut and went 3 strong innings. He walked 5 batters but punched out 3 and allowed just 1 hit in the process. It was about as good as you could ask from a guy making a last-minute debut. 

On the other side of the ball, the Dodgers’ offense went flat again until late in the game. They scored 3 runs in the 7th after Edwin Rios cleared the bases on a double. That was all the offense they would get during this one. 

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The Dodgers bullpen held the Pirates scoreless for 2 innings before completely melting down in the sixth. Tommy Kahnle came in and allowed 3 runs on 2 homeruns from Jack Suwinski and Josh Van Meter. Kahnle would strike out a pair to get out of it. 

But after the Dodgers tied it up, Daniel Hudson came in looking to keep the game knotted up. He gave up a massive homerun to Daniel Vogelbach and the Pirates added a run in the 8th after a triple in the gap and a groundball fielder’s choice. 

Up next for the Dodgers, they will head back home to face the Phillies. Tyler Anderson gets the start for Los Angeles and will face off against a pitcher that has yet to be named. The Phillies have struggled to a 13-17 record to start the season. 

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  1. Embarrassing loss. I hope Kahnle and Hudson’s meltdown is a fluke, if not send them back down to the minors. Inconsistencies will kill our championship goal. Graterol is on my short list of worthless pitchers. He reminds me a little of Baez. Using pitchers just because drives me crazy. Winning games require using your best, Graterol doesn’t meet that requirement. Of course, this is just my observation, which may or may not mean squat in the grand scheme of things.

  2. How much longer can they continue to bat Muncy in the 4 or 5 hole? He needs to hit 9th when he plays. He is all OBP and no slug. Bat him 9th and let him get on base for Willy, Freddy, and the Mook.

  3. Next time anybody runs into the Dodger brain trust (?), would you just mention to them that Rios can hit and Bellinger can not hit. Also, everyone has a slump once in a while, but when Taylor goes into a slump, he does not hit slow rollers or pop ups, he only strikes out! Thank you…………