Waste Not; Want Not

Monday, 4/27/2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

On another chilly night at Dodger Stadium, in ten innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Cincinnati Reds 5-to-3.

Before the game, the Dodgers put left-handed pitcher David Price, who has a Grade 2 hamstring, on the IL. Price will miss a significant amount of time with his injury. So far this season, Price was one of the most reliable Dodger relievers.

The Dodgers recalled Mitch White. During spring training, White could not pitch because of shoulder inflammation, but on Monday night, the young right-handed reliever pitched well for 1.2 innings.

Gavin Lux returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a sore wrist, and Lux drove in the Dodger first run. The defense around the second-base bag immediately improved. The Dodgers sent DJ Peters to the alternate site.

Because of an adverse side effect to a vaccination, Dennis Santana was on the IL, but he came off Monday night to pitch a scoreless inning. Both Brusdar Graterol and Scott Alexander performed well.

When the Dodgers desperately needed length from Julio Urìas, the young left-hander only pitched five innings during which he allowed three runs. At first of the game, he appeared to be brilliant, but the Reds’ patience at the plate wore Urìas. However, he battled. The opposition continued to run on Dodger pitching. If the Dodgers do not learn how to control the running game, it will be a long season for the defending world champions.

Since the Dodgers have been decimated by injuries, their offense has suffered. Instead of having eight Major-League quality hitters, the Dodgers have five, and their bench has been depleted. The Dodgers continued leaving runners in scoring position at an alarming rate despite Corey Seager’s two-run blast.

Kenley Jansen allowed a game-winning two-run homer.

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