The LowDown: Dodgers Drop a Winnable Series to New York

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Game One

[MONDAY] Alex Wood pitched a strong game against the best pitcher in baseball this year, keeping the Dodgers in it until the very end, despite the loss. The offense clicked early and got opposing starter, Jacob DeGrom off his game a little bit. However, the team never gained much from it.

Wood pitched five innings complete against the team from Queens, allowing only one run on five hits and a pair of walks. Wood ended his night after racking up three strikeouts. Watching Wood wave off manager Dave Roberts with two outs in the fifth, telling him, “I can get this last out,” is very promising to see from Wood.

The bullpen unfortunately lost it’s magic against the Mets in the late innings, squandering Wood’s start. Pedro Baez, Zac Rosscup, and Dylan Floro each recorded an out, carrying us through the sixth inning without much trouble. In the seventh emerged Scott Alexander, who allowed traffic on the basepaths but yielded no runs. Following Alexander in the eighth was Kenta Maeda, who shut it down well enough to earn a spot in the ninth. Quickly in the ninth, the Mets gained traffic on Maeda before pinch hitter, Brandon Nimmo, promptly cleared the bases with a three-run home run. Maeda was taken out and replaced by Ryan Madson, who recorded two outs to finish matters in the ninth.

The Dodgers’ offense struck on the 11th pitch of DeGrom’s outing, as Justin Turner hit a ball over the wall in left field, giving the Dodgers an early lead. It wasn’t until the bottom of the ninth that another run came across for LA, this time scoring Alex Verdugo from third base on a sacrifice fly by Yasmani Grandal. The Dodgers finished the game with a line of 1 for 7 (.142) with runners in scoring position. The offense got through to DeGrom in nearly every inning of his six total innings, but never manufactured any runs against him.

Dodgers lose to the Mets, 4-2. (Mets lead series, 1-0)

Game Two

[TUESDAY] After quickly giving up a pair of two-run home runs, Rich Hill retooled and found a way to pitch a decently successful six innings of baseball alongside the Dodgers’ late rally, turned blowout.

Hill tossed six innings in the win, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. All four runs were knocked in on home runs by Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto. Giving up these deep shots in the second and third inning, Hill found a way to refocus in his outing and deal out for eight K’s in the game. What determination by Hill to battle against the tide and win.

Summoned out of the bullpen to cover the seventh, eighth, and ninth inning were Pedro Baez, Zac Rosscup, Josh Fields, and Pat Venditte. All four pitchers tossed a combined shutout and closed the door following Hill’s exit. Hill would earn the win because of the stand-up performance by the Dodgers’ relief pitchers.

The offense found themselves down early but came back fast and in a big way, posting eleven runs when it was all said and done. Austin Barnes and David Freese each hit a home run. Manny Machado, Kiké Hernandez, and Yasmani Grandal all recorded RBI base hits as well. The team went a combined 4 for 11 (.363) with runners in scoring position, which is slightly miscued due to the amount of times the Dodgers scored with runners in scoring position and an out was recorded.

Dodgers defeat the Mets, 11-4. (Dodgers tie series, 1-1)

Game Three

[WEDNESDAY] Hyun-Jin Ryu began his outing well but ultimately faltered against the Mets’ lineup, being credited with the loss. The offense was quiet besides for the home run ball, leading to the loss.

Ryu tossed six innings for the Dodgers, giving up five runs, three earned, on eleven hits and no walks. Aforementioned, Ryu did start his outing very well, but was met with trouble from the Mets’ offense. Ryu’s night ended with eight strikeouts to his credit.

Summoned from the bullpen to complete matters in game three of this series was, in order, Ryan Madson, Pat Venditte, and Kenley Jansen. The only arm of the three that seemed to struggle in the game was Madson. In the seventh inning, the inning Madson was responsible for, he gave up two runs on three hits and no walks. However, following Madson’s performance in the seventh were a pair of shutdown innings from Venditte and Jansen. Since he will not be traveling to Colorado by doctor’s order, Jansen was given the ninth inning in a losing effort in LA to keep him active in live games.

The Dodgers’ entire offense was provided by two swings during the game. The Dodgers collected three runs on a pair of home runs by Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger. Throughout the game, the Dodgers only recorded three base hits and plated everyone who reached base via the base hit. However, the Dodgers were issued a pair of walks by Zach Wheeler that the team did not capitalize on.

Dodgers lose to the Mets, 7-3. (Mets win series, 2-1)

Dodgers-LowDown ‘Player of the Series’

Again this series, we decided to hit the polls and ask fans and followers who they believed to be the biggest contributor to the Dodgers’ success (although limited) against the Mets. Here are the results…

DLD Fan’s Choice Player of the Series: Manny Machado

Twitter Poll Info: Manny Machado vs. David Freese

  • 103 votes
  • 54% of voters chose Machado

Facebook Poll Info: Manny Machado vs. David Freese

  • 113 votes
  • 69% of voters chose Machado

Notable Write-In Votes:

“Voldemort.” – @CubbydukeFord, via Twitter

“Satan.” – @NUDodgers, via Twitter

Machado’s Final Line:

  • 8 AB
  • 4 H
  • 1 R
  • 1 RBI
  • 0 BB

 

Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017, and for Dodgers-LowDown since 2018. Follow @ArrickJoel and @DodgersLowDown on Twitter for more.