Wednesday night was not how the Dodgers envisioned wrapping up their series with the Phillies. With Zack Wheeler on the mound, everyone knew that it was going to be a tight game. But the hope was that the offense would be able to break through against a potential Cy Young candidate.
That did not happen though. The Dodgers had plenty of traffic on the bases, including a bases-loaded opportunity in the 1st inning. But the offense found a way to squander every opportunity handed to them, including 4 walks from Wheeler.
It was the first time that the Dodgers’ have been shut out all season. But as Dave Roberts pointed out after the game, health isn’t the only reason. Los Angeles has been down guys all year and has still managed to scratch across runs.
We haven’t had a lot of our guys all year and it’s the first time. The odds, regardless of who you have, it’s bound to happen. Zack threw a heck of a ballgame.
The last time the Dodgers failed to score a run was September 14, 2019 against the Mets. As always. Jacob deGrom was dealing that night and went 7 scoreless with 8 punchouts. On Wednesday night, Zach Wheeler went 6 scoreless and punched out 6. The Phillies bullpen cleaned up the remaining innings by punching out 4 more batters to avoid the sweep.
The Dodgers also had to do it without guys like Will Smith and Justin Turner in the lineup. Roberts later confirmed that Wednesday was a complete day off for JT, which is why he did not get a pinch-hit opportunity late in the game.
All good things must come to an end. Time to start a new streak on Friday.