Jansen And Nelson let the Dodgers Down

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

The Los Angeles Dodgers finished their first road trip with a tenth-inning 4-to-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Despite the disappointing loss, the Dodgers had a successful road trip with 5 wins and 2 losses.

Neither Mookie Betts nor Cody Bellinger played on Wednesday since they have injuries. The tests on Bellinger showed no fractures or structural damage. If he is not better by Friday when the Dodgers play their first game at Dodger Stadium, they might be forced to put Bellinger on the IL.

Betts has a stiff lower back. If it does not improve, the Dodgers may be forced to put him on the IL.

It was not surprising that the Dodgers left many runners in scoring position when both Bellinger and Betts do not play. AJ >Pollock, Zach McKinstry, and Justin Turner drove in runs.

Trevor Bauer as he threw 110 pitches in 6.2 innings, was brilliant. While he allowed a run in the first inning, he pitched wonderfully. His breaking pitches worked great against a team that cannot hit breaking pitches so that he struck out ten. In the seventh, Bauer allowed a solo home run.

Since the regular season began, Corey Knebel has pitched well. Wednesday, he pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.

Neither Kenley Jansen nor Jimmy Nelson pitched well. Jansen’s control was awful. Nelson could not miss a bat if his life depended upon it. The Dodgers miss both Joe Kelly and Brusdar Graterol who are on the IL.

Chris Taylor has begun the 2021 season magnificently. After he missed a game with a bruised elbow, he continued being a powerful offensive player. Wednesday he had 2 hits and a walk. His batting average is .357. While he contributes to the offense, he plays everywhere on the diamond. Wednesday, he made a spectacular defensive play in center field.

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