Well, that was a fun one, wasn’t it? Obviously my friends, sarcasm is needed at a time like this one. Indeed, the Dodgers were handed one of their toughest losses of the 2019 season on Saturday night.
This one goes into the history books as a 5-2 loss to the (right now) lowly Washington Nationals. The Dodgers bullpen spoiled an incredible outing from Walker Buehler in which he out-pitched his counterpart Max Scherzer with seven shutout innings.
Therefore, there’s still a story to be told with what unfolded. Without question, this is probably a game you will remember most of the season for all the wrong reasons.
Los Angeles had a tough work order on this evening in the form of Scherzer. However, the Nationals entered the contest with just a 1-6 team record in his starts.
The Dodgers offense patiently waited out Scherzer, but didn’t have a ton of success. A positive was forcing him to throw 115 pitches in seven innings of work. They worked two walks and five hits.
Justin Turner has been heating up at the plate. While in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning, Turner had the biggest swing of the night for Los Angeles.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 12, 2019
Turner’s sixth home run of the season gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, that’s all they would get all night long.
Gerardo Parra, and the 8th Inning Heard ‘Round The World
In the top of the 8th inning – Dave Roberts took the ball from Buehler – who finished his night with 97 pitches. From there, Pedro Baez entered and allowed a single to Wilmer Difo. Next, a Howie Kendrick ground ball became a throwing error by Turner at third. With one out and runners on second and third, Baez walked Victor Robles.
Still clinging to a 2-0 lead – Roberts brought in Scott Alexander to face the Nationals’ young phenom Juan Soto. Alexander left a breaking-ball high in the zone and Soto promptly banged it into left field for a single to make the score 2-1.
Then, Roberts opted for Dylan Floro. Floro battled Anthony Rendon for what appeared to be a crowning moment in the big spot of his Dodgers’ career. As we know, baseball can giveth and taketh away so quickly. And when I looked up and saw that Floro needed one more out to get out of the jam – and that man was Gerardo Parra. Well, I believe we all had the same feeling.
Everyone cover your eyes.
HOLE. IN. ONE.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 12, 2019
After that, the Nationals led 5-2; and for all intents and purposes, the ballgame was over.
Walker Buehler, and Final Thoughts
For the second straight start, Walker Buehler could be classified as dominant. In seven innings, Buehler struck out seven batters, allowed four hits, walked one, and there’s more. He profiled a 97 to 99 mile per hour fastball on the edges of the zone. His curveball bit hard and made hitters look silly. Buehler seemed to have confidence in his slider in any count.
Truly, if you’re going to take something away from this to feel good about (and you need to); let it be that the Dodgers have reclaimed ‘ace 1b’ in Buehler.
Moreover, there’s this that came up on twitter as Buehler exited:
Buehler has retired 18 of the last 19 batters.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 12, 2019
Literally – Buehler was mowing through hitters so quickly – I didn’t realize that he closed down his outing like this. His season ERA is down to 4.15, and he’s right in line to start turning his sophomore campaign into another dominant year on the back of his baseball card.
Look, this was a tough loss to swallow. It felt like the Dodgers were in command for a few hours and it went away in the blink of an eye. If you want to blow off some steam, the comments are a good place to do it. However, the Dodgers close this series out with Hyun-jin Ryu tomorrow and we all know how good he is at Dodger Stadium.
The Korean Monster has walked one hitter at home all season long. It could make for a pretty good day. It’s important to remember that no matter how it went down – this was just one game. The Dodgers are still a very good team at 26-16 on the season.
Yes, there are bullpen issues that need to be worked out. No one will deny that. Chances are that it will soon stabilize, and a new concern will arise. This, along with this game in general; can be summed up with a simple phrase.
That’s’ baseball for you.