An Awful Night for the Dodgers

Friday, April 23, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

On a cool Friday night at Dodger Stadium, the San Diego Padres kicked the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-to-1.

The injury bug has bitten the Dodgers, and it has been affected their play. Before the game, the Dodgers put Zach McKinstry with a strained right oblique on the IL. While Chris Taylor could not play on Friday, he is improving. During the ninth inning, after a walk, Corey Knebel exited the game with an apparent arm injury. Knebel was the best and reliable Dodger setup man before Friday night. The Dodgers envisioned Knebel replacing Pedro Bàez, a free agent who signed with the Houston Astros. Joe Kelly with an undisclosed injury already is on the IL.

The Dodgers’ phenomenal depth has been tested now. Every person who has ever watched baseball for any time knows injuries are a part of the game. Now the Dodgers have Cody Bellinger, Gavin Lux, McKinstry, Tony Gonsolin, and Kelly on the IL.

The injuries affected the Dodger offensive production. In the first inning, the Dodgers scored their only run on Mookie Betts’ double and Max Muncy’s single. Every time the Dodgers hit the ball hard, the Padres made a spectacular play. Many Dodgers watched hittable strikes passed by while swinging at balls. While no Dodgers will make excuses for their offensive ineptitude, every team has offensive lulls no matter how good it is.

At the beginning of the game, Clayton Kershaw did not look like his dominating self, but he improved during the game. He allowed three solo home runs during his seven innings. On the twenty-second anniversary of Fernando Tatis, Sr., hit two grand slams in the same inning against former Dodger Chan Ho Park, who is now an advisor for the Padres, his son blasted two solo home runs against Kershaw.

Jimmy Nelson pitched well in the eighth inning. After Knebel left the game, Dennis Santana imploded, allowing three runs during the ninth inning.

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