Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Rockies was certainly embarrassing. A team that has been the worst in the league this year when playing on the road managed to come to Chavez Ravine and take 2 of 3 away from the Dodgers. A big reason for the shameful series loss has been the Dodgers’ inability to produce at the plate. They were outscored by the Rockies 11-7.
Los Angeles only managed to scrape together 3 hits on Sunday which is almost never going to win a ball game. Dave Roberts believed that as he waved the white flag and sent out Justin Turner to take the mound in the 9th inning. Obviously, that raised a few questions, but Doc mentioned it was a necessary move.
I think to work backwards, we had some guys that we wanted to stay away from. When you’re down 5-0 and you’ve got three hits through eight innings, the likelihood of coming back to win – so to use a leverage guy in the ninth, I didn’t feel good about that. I talked to Justin, he was on board with saving the pen. That just speaks to – I’ve gone on and on about Justin. To save our pen, a leverage guy, to be a team leader, to take it for the team, that was that piece.
Instead of using closer Kenley Jansen in the 9th, he was called on to work the 8th which set up Turner’s pitching debut. It looked like things were going to get worse for the Dodgers as Turner quickly gave up back-to-back singles to Trevor Story and C.J. Cron. However, JT was then able to retire the side with two fly-outs and a groundout.
Justin Turner has a 0.00 career ERA after pitching a scoreless 9th against the Rockies!! ??#Dodgers
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) August 29, 2021
Not too shabby at all for the Red Dream as he now owns a spotless 0.00 ERA in the Major Leagues to add to his resume. Maybe the mound could serve as a backup option if his hitting career doesn’t pan out.