You Can’t Win Them All, Dodgers

Sunday, April 18, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in San Diego, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost their third game of the regular season when the Padres took advantage of poor relief pitching to beat them 5-to-2.

Before the game, the Dodgers put their young talented second baseman Gavin Lux on the IL and recalled infielder Sheldon Neuse. Also, the Dodgers activated Brusdar Graterol from the ten-day IL. Both players appeared in Sunday’s game.

The matchup between two former Cy Young Award winners did not disappoint. While Trevor Bauer of the Dodgers pitched much better than Blake Snell of the Padres, they both deserved to win, so it was fitting for neither to get a decision.

For the entire 2021 regular season, Snell has had a problem with his control, and Sunday was no exception. In the second inning, following a single by Will Smith, Chris Taylor blasted his third home run of the season. The Padre bullpen was phenomenal Sunday.

For six innings, Bauer was magnificent. He allowed a solo home run by Jake Croneworth. While he could not control his curveball, he showed it at untune times to confuse the batters. Relying on his above-average fastball, slider, and cutter, he struck out seven.

In all three Dodger losses, their bullpen has struggled. Yes, on Sunday, their superior offense should have scored more than two runs, but every baseball team no matter its offense is goes through periods when it struggles to score. Although Graterol did not pitch that well, he was the best Dodger’s best reliever. Manager Dave Roberts should be applauded for trying to spread out the workload between all relievers to try to protect the health of the relievers. After the sixty-game 2020 season, no one knows how the pitchers will respond to the traditional 162-game season.

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