Dodgers Continue Slide

Dodgers Continue SlideThe Los Angeles Dodgers continue to struggle at home, now 5 – 8 at the Ravine. Their 5 – 4 loss to the Colorado Rockies slides the Dodgers into second place in the NL West. The Dodgers are currently tied with Colorado at 13 – 11 and a half game back from the San Francisco Giants.

Out of the 13 wins the Dodgers posses, seven of the wins were against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks sit in last place in the NL West at 8 – 18 and have the second worse record in the MLB.

Last night the game went into extra innings. Josh Beckett, the Dodgers starter went eight innings allowing two runs on four hits, striking out six and walking none. The game went into extra innings when Rockies right-fielder, Charlie Blackmon hit an RBI single off of reliever Jamie Wright. Blackmon’s scoring hit gave the Rockies the go-ahead 3 – 2 run in the 11th inning. The game ended in eleven with a final score of 5 – 3.

The Dodgers struggle has brought the team to a losing record at home, now 5 – 8. They continue to slide in extra innings, losing 5 straight and their record after nine innings of play is 1 – 6.

Before the season started injuries were already present. Starting right-hand pitcher Chad Billinglsey has yet to start a game due to Tommy John surgery last year. Billingsley was taken out after one inning in Class-A Rancho Cucamonga early April. Manager Don Mattingly was reported saying, “Billingsley felt a little sensation.” Billingsley is expected to return in late May. Left-hand reliever Scott Elbert remains in-active on the disable list due to Tommy John surgery too. Center-fielder Matt Kemp was left out of the 40-man roster due to ankle and shoulder surgery recovery. Kemp did return to the line-up for the home opener at Dodgers Stadium.

The list of  injuries continues. The bearded pitcher Brain Wilson was placed on the DL in early April with an elbow injury. Although Wilson is back in his reliever role, he is currently struggling. Catcher AJ Ellis is out of the line-up due a torn meniscus in his left knee. Undergoing surgery to repair the knee, he will not be back till June.

The injury affecting the Dodgers the most is Clayton Kershaw’s back problem. The back upper-back injury is a strain muscle close to his left shoulder. Progress is being made by Kershaw, throwing a 56-pitch outing for the Rancho Cucamongo Quakes last night. He did show some of his Cy Young ability against a Houston Class A squad, striking out six. Kershaw allowed just two-hits and a home run. There is no time-frame for when Kershaw will be back as the ace.

The upside to the Dodgers sliding short season is last night’s pitcher Josh Beckett. Beckett came into the season with his own injury. Feeling numbness in his pitching hand and shoulder requiring a rib to be removed to relieve a nerve that was experiencing pressure. A rare condition he has overcome thus far. In his last 18-innings Beckett has only allowed last night’s two runs. His ERA now a 2.45 is down from his last three starts. Another bright spot is Zack Greinke, like Beckett has a 2.45 ERA and is currently undefeated at 4 – 0 in five starts.

Their next game is this evening at Dodgers Stadium as they continue their series against the Rockies. Paul Maholm ( 0 – 2 ) will try to stop this current Dodger slide and face the Rockies Juan Nicasio ( 2 – 0 ).

Commentary by Daniel Gudino

Sources:

ESPN 

ESPNLA

LATimes

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