Pitching Problems Caused Another Loss

Saturday, May 14, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

On the same day that the Dodgers placed Clayton Kershaw with an inflamed SI joint on the IL, the Los Angeles lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 12-to-10 in ten innings.

For the first time this season, the Dodgers have faced a powerful offense, and their pitching staff cannot keep them silent. Starting in place of Kershaw, Walker Buehler did not have his best stuff working. His mediocre pitches could not retire the Phillies without allowing runs. He managed to last five innings. After having a superb first month of the regular season, the Dodger bullpen could not limit the damage. No reliever looked rested or brilliant. The Dodger pitching staff is officially in a slump.

By far, last year’s MVP Bryce Harper is the best player that the Dodgers have faced. Playing with a torn UCL, Harper practically beat the Dodgers himself, and he had a crucial home run.

The Dodger offense did their job. Chris Taylor’s homer started the scoring. The Dodger hitters were patient when they needed to be while they were aggressive when they needed to be. Justin Turner’s ninth-inning game-tying homer meant a lot. Austin Barnes had three important hits. When a team scores ten runs, they should win, and on Friday, the Dodgers did not. For the first time this season, the Dodgers have lost three consecutive games.

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