The Dodgers went into Thursday’s series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies looking for a sweep as well as their fifth straight win. They’ve put up plenty of runs during that win streak, but could only muster one run in the 2-1 loss. Although they did manage to load the bases in the top of the 9th with a chance to either tie or take the lead, it was all for nothing as Billy McKinney flew out to left field.
The loss marks their 21st this season in 1-run contests which is more than anyway else in the league besides the Miami Marlins. Dave Roberts mentioned that he was surprised how poorly the record reflects their play in those scenarios this year.
“I wouldn’t guess that we would be like that in one run games. A loss is still a loss. I expect going forward we’ll win more one run games.”
He also went on to say that they’re still a loss and the same as any other game, just something in each of those games didn’t go in their favor.
“No. I mean they’re still losses. I’m sure that if you look at each game – whether it was a defensive play, or an at bat here or there, pinch hit there – could’ve flipped it, but that’s baseball. They still count as losses. I don’t think that that’s kind of fun of mind at all if we move forward.”
It’s not like the Dodgers had few opportunities to score as they left 8 men on base. What’s more is the Dodgers lead Major League Baseball in men left on base with 851. Even the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks who have been the worst team in the league this year leave fewer men on base than Los Angeles.
The Boys in Blue have had plenty of games where the offense has exploded, but have also suffered times where it’s gone cold. Austin Barnes noted that he isn’t too worried as he still knows what this team is capable of.
“We believe in every one in this clubhouse and we believe in this team … Obviously that’s not ideal losing those one run games.”
Despite all of the injuries and miscues that have led to such poor play this season, the Dodgers can still turn things around. They have the talent to do so, but time is running out.