The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost the first three games of a four-game, home-and-home series against the Texas Rangers, and while the team still holds a 2.5 game lead over the San Francisco Giants for first place in the National League West, there was undoubtedly frustration in the Dodgers locker room after their most recent loss.
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, who has become Clayton Kershaw’s “personal catcher”, expressed his frustration with the team’s loss, feeling that they let Kershaw down in a way.
“You go both ways because you know it’s a long season and you have to go ride the valley of the ups and the downs. When you’re in the midst of the struggle and the fight you want to win every game,” Ellis said.
“It’s really frustrating to think of what Clayton used to lose games that you feel like you should have won. It one thing when you feel like you can tip your hat and say the other team beat you. I’m not taking anything away from the Rangers and the way they’ve played so far this series, but we haven’t played Dodger baseball at all.”
The Dodgers have averaged just two runs a game in the series, which Ellis feels is one of the main factors why they have lost. “We haven’t been able to string anything together offensively. We got a few big hits, [Justin Turner] with obviously a big hit yesterday to tie the game up, and some good swings today to get us back into the game. We’re still fighting at the end,” he said.
Zack Greinke, who is winless in his last seven starts despite an ERA of 2.28 in that timespan, will take the ball in the series finally with the Dodgers hoping to avoid their first four game series sweep of the season.
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