Travel-weary Dodgers hurt by lagging offense in loss to Rockies

Nichole S. Gehr

Just after a thriving journey to Atlanta this previous weekend, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had hoped his workforce could hold the get together heading versus the Colorado Rockies on Monday night time.

Rather, the Dodgers suffered 1 of their most lackluster shows of the period in a 4- decline at Coors Subject, having shut out by Rockies starter Chad Kuhl in what felt like the baseball equivalent of a hangover from the extensive evening, and sequence, right before.

“We did not definitely are entitled to offensively to earn that game,” shortstop Trea Turner reported. “Our pitchers did a pretty excellent career of providing us a chance late. But offensively, we ended up pretty lousy. It takes place.”

The Dodgers (45-27) experienced started their present nine-match street excursion with two successful stops. They swept 3 video games in opposition to the Cincinnati Reds previous week. Then they took two of a few towards the Braves about the weekend, winning an 11-inning, approximately 4½ hour marathon Sunday night.

That recreation, having said that, delayed the team’s arrival to Denver for a 3-activity established with the Rockies (32-42). They did not land until near to 3 a.m. Monday. The Dodgers skipped batting apply afterwards that afternoon to give their players added rest.

“I consider you could in all probability form of see everybody’s dragging a very little bit,” second baseman Gavin Lux reported.

“It’s not great,” Roberts extra. “But you nevertheless gotta go out there and enjoy.”

From the commence, the Dodgers seemed lower on power and absent of execution.

Their lineup flailed in opposition to Kuhl, who became the first pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout against the Dodgers because Steve Wright of the Boston Pink Sox in 2016.

Relying primarily on a sinker-slider blend, the proper-hander confronted the minimum amount of batters by 6 innings, gave up just 3 hits total and did it all on only 102 pitches.

“We just didn’t make any adjustments,” Roberts stated. “I felt we had a definitely very good game strategy. We just didn’t execute it [the] initial few of times via.”

The Dodgers’ starter, former Rockie remaining-hander Tyler Anderson (8-1), surrendered runs in the initial two innings right before giving up a two-run homer to José Iglesias in the sixth, elevating his Era to 3.23 on the season.

“Usually when you come to this ballpark, you feel a starter going six innings, giving up 4 runs, you nevertheless have a chance to earn,” Roberts explained.

As an alternative, the Dodgers stayed so significantly adrift, not even a failed manager’s obstacle in the 2nd inning or a baserunning oversight in the fourth, when Lux acquired doubled off attempting to advance to next on a fly ball, factored a lot into the final end result.

“At the end of the working day,” Lux reported, “we acquired to obtain a way to contend a tiny superior probably.”

Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner dives for a ground ball off the bat of Colorado Rockies' Connor Joe.

Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner dives for a floor ball off the bat of Colorado Rockies’ Connor Joe for the duration of the 1st inning on Monday in Denver.

(David Zalubowski / Involved Press)

The struggles at the plate ended up most obtrusive for a Dodgers team that is still missing Mookie Betts — whom Roberts reported is feeling much better from a rib fracture but even now has not resumed baseball exercise — and has struggled for a lot of June, a 3-activity outburst in opposition to the Reds’ porous pitching staff apart.

Given that the get started of the Braves sequence, the workforce has scored just 9 operates in its last 36 regulation innings.

Max Muncy, Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger are even now receiving daily at-bats, even with all submitting underneath league-average figures.

And on nights when the leading of the purchase does not produce — on Monday, the major a few of Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman and Will Smith merged to go one for 11 — the total lineup has a tendency to glance dropped.

Roberts does not feel the Dodgers are cooling off, insisting that their tactic in Atlanta was superior than some of the results suggested. He noted the Braves have a single of the majors’ very best pitching staffs. His explanations for Monday’s flop were less convincing.

He gave credit history to Kuhl (5-5), a 6-year veteran with a profession 4.38 Era.

He accounted for the vacation problems but said they weren’t an justification.

“Tonight was most likely one of those evenings we’d like to have again,” he mentioned.

All-Star invitation

Although the Dodgers didn’t get the Countrywide League pennant past yr, Roberts will be in the property dugout up coming thirty day period when the All-Star Recreation will come to Dodger Stadium, accepting an supply from Braves manager Brian Snitker to be part of the NL coaching employees for the Midsummer Vintage.

“It is a enormous honor,” mentioned Roberts, who has earlier managed the NL staff three occasions in his job. “First a single in Los Angeles in quite a few several years and many years. So to type of depict the Dodgers, be on his personnel, it’s excellent.”

Freeman honored

Freeman was awarded NL participant of the 7 days honors just after batting .440 with two residence runs and 11 RBIs in six games previous week, concluding with an emotional return to Atlanta around the weekend.

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