The Dodger Offense Was Absent

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

On a chilly Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers played short-handed as they were inched out by the San Diego Padres 3-to-2.

The Dodgers already were playing with Cody Bellinger, Gavin Lux, Tony Gonsolin, and Joe Kelly on the IL. There is no timetable for Bellinger who has a small fracture in his fibula. Just before the game, the Dodgers had to scratch both Chris Taylor and Zach McKinstry with lower back stiffness. While the Dodgers have a fantastic offense, without Bellinger, Taylor, Lux, and McKinstry in the lineup, the Dodgers have been struggling.

Walker Buehler pitched seven wonderful innings allowing two runs on Manny Machado’s single and Trent Grisham’s home run. Buehler struck out nine. His curveball and cutter had tremendous movement. Unlike in his previous start against the Padres, he relied on his marvelous fastball.

This season, Blake Treinen has pitched well, but during Thursday’s eighth inning, he allowed three hits for the winning run. Scott Alexander pitched a perfect ninth inning.

Ryan Weathers, a son of a former Major-League pitcher David Weathers, pitched well for 5.2 innings. The Dodgers hit the ball hard, but the Padres had sparkling defense on the infield. Both AJ Pollock and Sheldon Neuse homered.

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