Turner Collects his 1000th Hit in Dodger Loss

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

On a beautiful Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium, the San Diego Padres’ pitching staff dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-to-2.

Thirty percent of the season has been gone, and the Dodgers’ offense has not produced the way every baseball “expert” thought it would. Throughout baseball, offensive production is down. Nevertheless, the Dodgers’ offensive production has been problematic.

The Dodger offense frequently ignited rallies with two outs, and they have struggled plating runs. With both Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy mired in terrific slumps, the Dodgers have trouble scoring. Tuesday, Corey Seager missed his fifth consecutive game with a stiff lower back but participated in live batting practice. Seager’s absence has hurt the Dodger offense. Although the Dodgers do not score as regularly as they would like, the quality of at-bats has not suffered.

Other than Chris Taylor’s continual stellar defense at shortstop in Seager’s absence, Justin Turner collected his 1000th hit in his career. Before becoming a Dodger, Turner was a light-hitting journeyman infielder. If Turner did not go to the Cal State University of Fullerton, he might not have been a Dodger. Since making the Dodger roster as a Minor-League invitee in 2014, Turner has been the face of the organization. Mostly whenever the Dodgers needed a huge hit, Turner has usually delivered. At third base, Turner has made several magnificent defensive plays that have prevented many runs from scoring. He and his wife Kourtney have given back to the Los Angeles community, helping veterans, feeding the poor children during the pandemic, and visiting young cancer victims.

For the first time during the 2020 season, the Dodgers had a poor defensive game. Errors by Ross Stripling and Turner allowed the Padres to score four unearned runs thanks to a grand slam by Manny Machado. Stripling did not pitch well because of bad command. Like usual, the Dodger relievers, Adam Koralek, Dylan Floro, and Dennis Santana, pitched brilliantly.

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