Cleavinger Didn’t Have It

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Garrett Cleavinger allowed 5 runs in relief. The Dodgers lost to the Washington Nationals 8-to-3 on a hot Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium.

Mitch White should have collected his first Major-League win. For the first time during the 2022 season, White went six innings after having a rough first inning when he allowed two runs. He had good command and used all his pitches effectively.

Mookie Betts led off the game with his twenty-third home run. In the fifth, Cody Bellinger blasted his thirteenth home run, and after Trayce Thompson singled, he scored on Freddie Freeman’s sacrifice fly.

After Yency Almonte pitched a perfect seventh, Cleavinger’s effort was undermined by Gavin Lux’s error. The Nationals could link hits together.

During the series against the Nationals, the Dodgers have one hit in seventeen at-bats with runners on base. Every baseball team will waste scoring opportunities, but the Dodgers must do better. They cannot do better with Max Muncy hitting in the middle of the Dodger lineup. He looks lost at the plate. While Muncy has the second most walks in the National League, he has the lowest batting average in the Major Leagues. He is not aggressive against the balls in the strike zone. After suffering a terrible elbow injury on the last day of the 2021 regular season, Muncy has not looked right. He needs a break to regain the sense of baseball is fun. When a player does not recognize baseball is a fun game, he is not successful. Right now, Muncy obviously views baseball as a job, not a game.

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