Dodgers Highlights: LA’s Bats Go Silent Again as They Get Crushed By Cubs, Fall Back Under .500
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been very boom or bust all season long. On Friday, it was bust.
The Dodgers were blown out by the Cubs at Wrigley Field in game two of a four-game series, getting shut out in pretty embarrassing fashion. The Dodgers’ bats went absolutely silent (again), while the pitching got roughed up.
Julio Urias was the starter, and had by far the worst outing of his young season. Urias lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing 7 hits, 5 earned runs and 2 walks while striking out 4. He hadn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any game this season, and raised his ERA to 3.33 on the year.
Recently called up RHP Jake Reed was next, and he had an even worse time than Urias. Reed finished the 4th inning for Urias unscathed, but then came back out in the 5th — and that was ugly. Reed gave up 6 earned runs on 5 hits, including a 416-foot moonshot home run to Patrick Wisdom.
He was taken out for RHP Andre Jackson, who served up a three-run bomb of his own to Nico Hoerner. Jackson stayed in the game in the 6th inning, and the onslaught continued. He pitched the 7th as well and finished the game tossing the final 3 innings, allowing 2 runs.
We also had a position player pitching alert with Luke Williams pitching the only scoreless inning of the game for LA.
As for the Dodgers’ bats, Cubs LHP Drew Smyly was dealing. He was throwing a perfect game through 7 innings, before David Peralta reached on an awkward infield single where Smyly and catcher Yan Gomes collided.
He ended up finishing with a final line of 7.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 10 K, and 0 BB.
One bright spot for the Dodgers is Chris Taylor came into the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the 6th inning. Taylor, who’s been banged up since Monday, was able to get into the game and field, which is a nice sign for his progression.
That means we’ll probably see him back in the lineup on Saturday or Sunday.
The Dodgers and Cubs will get set for game three of the four-game series in another day game on Saturday. First pitch is again at 11:20 a.m. PST, and Dustin May is taking the mound for the Dodgers. They’ll be looking to get back to .500 (again). That feels like it’s going to be a common theme all season long.
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