The Magic Castle that was Dodger Stadium in 2013 has transformed into the exact opposite setting for this year’s team. The Los Angeles Dodgers finished with a respectable 6-3 record on their road trip only to return home and get swept by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Three consecutive losses came to the same Brewers who handed the Dodgers two of the three losses on the road trip. The Brewers were arguably a Clayton Kershaw start away from possibly sweeping the Boys in Blue at Miller Park.
Along with losing the series, the Dodgers also placed Hyun-Jin Ryu and Juan Uribe with leg injuries. Ryu strained the glute in his right side and Uribe’s right hamstring flared up for a second time this season.
Zack Greinke was frustrated by his former team and then watched the Dodger bullpen fail to protect a lead, Clayton Kershaw suffered a complete-game loss and Dan Haren resembled the pitcher that lost five consecutive starts more so than one who had won two straight.
Manager Don Mattingly labeled this stretch of the season as one where nothing should be taken for granted, according to Brian Kamenetzky on ESPN LA:
At this time of year, it’s going to be hard to win games. For everybody. Every team you play is dangerous. San Diego is playing well. You just come ready to play,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “I know I’ve said that so many times, but it’s [true]. You get ready to play, and you play.
Mattingly also said it’s important to move on from the string of losses:
You can’t worry about yesterday. This game is gone, this series is gone for us. This stretch of games is gone for us. You can’t worry about two weeks from now who we’re going to be playing against.”
Monday is the Dodgers’ first day off in a 20-game stretch and they next face the San Diego Padres for a three-game series at home. The Dodgers division lead was cut to 3.5 games and they trail the Washington Nationals by one game for best record in the National League.
Should the Dodgers and Brewers meet in the postseason, it will be with the Brewers having won five of the six regular-season games.
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