Joe Kelly hasn’t hit a flattering stride in a Dodgers uniform after blowing a 2-0 lead in his second outing as he recorded the loss in the Dodgers 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Solo home runs from Chris Taylor and Alex Verdugo in the fifth inning were the start to day five of the Dodgers’ home run party, after the bats on the both sides of the diamond kept quiet in the first half of the game. For Taylor, it was his second hit in the game and season after starting the year 0-9 at the plate.

After the Giants tied the game 2-2 in the seventh, Scott Alexander’s matchup against Brandon Belt didn’t play out according to the Dodgers’ game plan. With runners in scoring position, Belt smoked a line drive to center that gave the Giants a 4-2 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Silent bats against San Francisco

Monday’s game was night and day compared to the Arizona Diamondbacks series where the Dodgers scored 42 runs. The two runs scored against the Giants’ Drew Pomeranz and bullpen staff was nowhere near the 10.5 run/game average the Dodgers levered in the first four games of the season. Leaving 10 runners stranded on the base paths against the Giants didn’t help the offensive push, either.

Before Kelly took the bump in the sixth inning, Julio Urias was in line for his sixth career-win after he pitched five shutout innings in his first start since the 2017 season. Urias’ seven strikeouts, no walks and no runs on three hits were erased with Kelly giving up a single to former teammate Pablo Sandoval as it tied the score 2-2 in the seventh.

Despite the loss to their rivals, a silver lining moving forward for the Dodgers is the future of Urias. His command and pitch movement fooled the Giants all night long.

It’s early in the season, but the Dodgers’ bullpen has caused the most trouble for the hot-hitting Los Angeles team.

Next up

Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-0, 1.50 ERA) faces Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 2.57 ERA) on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium at 7:10pm PST.