The Los Angeles Dodgers lost in a tough 3-2 contest Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers opened the scoring with a 2-run 3rd inning, and they were able to maintain a shutout until the 9th inning when closer Kenley Jansen immediately served up a single and a 2-run home run off the bat of Carson Kelly to blow the save, tie the game, and wipe away Walker Buehler’s 6 shutout innings.
Kelly, the Diamondbacks catcher knocked in the decisive RBI in the top of the 11th and the Dodgers fell 3-2 to Arizona (with some added fireworks after the final out).
The high-octane Dodgers offense finished an 11-inning game with just 2 hits. At one point, the Dodgers had 22 consecutive batters retired, until Joc Pederson drew a leadoff walk in the 11th inning. The Diamondbacks outhit the Dodgers 12-2. The suddenly cold offense should be blamed for the loss as well, especially at Dodger Stadium.
Good: the #Dodgers are averaging 5.96 runs/game since the All-Star break, which is 1st in the NL
Bad: the Dodgers have scored just 7 total runs over their last 3 games
That said, still 2-1 in those 3 because the starting pitching has been excellent (2 ER in 18 2/3 = 0.96 ERA)
— Rick Krajewski (@Rick_K21) August 10, 2019
Here is a season breakdown of the Dodgers vs. opponents at Dodger Stadium:
As you can see from this chart, the Dodgers completely outplay their opponents at home, and their 46-16 record proves it further. But, at times, the offense has off games, and that’s normal. 2 hits and 22 consecutive batters retired qualifies as an off game.
Moreover, the terrible missed call by the umpires in the bottom of the 11th inning, where Archie Bradley hit his former teammate A.J. Pollock on the wrist, but it was ruled as a pop up off the nob of the bat, and an out recorded by Carson Kelly.
So to place the blame solely on Jansen is not right. This is a team game, and the blame should be placed fairly. The Dodgers bats struggled, Jansen struggled, and Urias struggled, which led to the Dodgers loss.