LOOK: Lighting postpones Dodgers vs. Giants Monday night

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

They never really had solid pitching, and their staff is clearly inferior to that of the D-backs.

The way the organization is dealing with the freefall is not only insulting to those who bleed Dodger blue, it also underlines why we miss Vin Scully so much.

The Dodgers had multiple names floating in the MVP race, but the meat of their order has struggled.

"Just sittin' back and saying, 'We're still the best team in baseball' isn't the answer", third baseman Justin Turner told the Los Angeles Times after Sunday's defeat.

"He kept them off-balance and he disrupted their timing, which is what Chad does", Rockies manager Bud Black said.

Three defensive misplays - including two blunders in the outfield - helped the Dodgers build an early lead for Kershaw. The road trip then ends with a four-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies who the Dodgers swept earlier this year.

Once the game resumed, Ty Blach was on the mound and Stratton's day was done - the shortest start of his career. They're currently riding an 11-game losing streak after Monday's middle-of-the-night loss to the San Francisco Giants.

This weekend the Dodgers visit Nationals Park for a three-game series that will be a huge factor in the push for the post-season. Then he scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Corey Seager.

"My command wasn't great", Wood said. "I wasn't very good tonight". I got to hopefully lock the command back in.

They lead the majors with 18 shutouts; next-most in the AL are the Twins and Orioles with 10.

According to Giants Team President, however, playing on Thursday, a travel day, was not an option.

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Guess he just happened to be carrying one of his rings around.

They are currently second in the category, trailing their neighbor Los Angeles Angeles by one such game. Span, pinch-hitting to open the seventh, doubled down the right field line against reliever Ross Stripling.

Forsythe reached on shortstop Story's error. Joc Pederson flied out to end the threat. "Made Boch look like a genius", he said. "Bettis was doing his job, he was getting ground balls". Surely Cleveland won't win forever just as the Dodgers won't lose forever.

"It's tough to beat the best pitcher in baseball", said second baseman Chase Utley before the game.

Zack Greinke pitched seven innings for Arizona, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out six. The Yankees now have a 3.5 game lead over Minnesota for the first AL Wild Card after the Twins split a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals.

The Dodgers are the first team in history to both win 15 of 16 games and lose 15 of 16 games in the same season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson tossed a side session Friday that went well. His slider, usually his go-to pitch, has not been as crisp as he expects it to be.

Kershaw (16-3, 2.15 ERA) will attempt to get the Dodgers back on a winning track against one of his long-time rivals, Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto (7-7, 4.43 ERA).

The Dodgers found an answer in the fourth.

The home schedule will begin with two interleague games against the Mariners, on April 3 and 4.

Brault (1-0), making his second career start, recorded more hits than he allowed, finishing with a double, a single and two RBIs.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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