Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a hot Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, for the first time in two years, the Los Angeles Dodgers were shutout by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Without Max Muncy, Corey Seager, and Cody Bellinger who went on the IL Tuesday with a strained hamstring problem, the Dodgers do not have their usual sock. It is exciting to watch Andy Burns and Steven Souza, Jr., either making their Major-League debut or returning to the Major Leagues, but they will not replace the Major-League established veterans. Mookie Betts is coming out of his season-long slump, and Gavin Lux has been playing well since Seager has had his fractured hand. Nevertheless, the Dodgers cannot compete with the elite teams without their original lineup. On Wednesday, Justin Turner, Albert Pujols, and Will smith did not play, meaning the Dodger lineup lacked its same punch. Hopefully, the Dodgers will be at full strength after the All-Star break.
Clearly, Clayton Kershaw did not possess his out pitch, but he managed to go through six innings allowing two runs. Both Phil Bickford and David Price hurled brilliantly in relief. If the Dodgers had any offense, they should have won the game.