The Dodgers are in a bad spot heading into game 4 of the NLDS against the Padres.
You know it. I know it. They know it.
The team mustered up 6 scattered hits en route to a 2-1 loss in San Diego. With runners on base, the offense went 0-9. The lone run scored on a sacrifice fly in the 5th inning.
Pitching — outside of starter Tony Gonsolin — was phenomenal against the Padres. The LA bullpen put together 7.2 innings of 1 run baseball to keep the team in the game. But, the bats just couldn’t string anything together. A familiar refrain of postseason’s past.
“We’re pitching good right now and we’re not hitting so we have to hit tomorrow.”
That’s what first baseman Freddie Freeman had to say following his 0-3 effort. Hardly inspiring but pinpoint in accuracy.
“They’re pitching good right now and we’re not hitting so we have to hit tomorrow,” says Freddie Freeman after the Dodgers Game 3 loss to the Padres. pic.twitter.com/vlRlRGDqQc
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 15, 2022
“It’s unfortunate in baseball,” Freeman added, “sometimes it happens, we’re not getting hits when we need to. We still had some opportunities, so if you’re going to take a positive out of something, I guess you can take that.”
And that’s the way the ball bounces for the 111 win Los Angeles Dodgers. Backs against the wall in a do-or-die postseason game in enemy territory. It’s not the first time many of the players on this team have been here. The club faced a 3-1 series deficit against Freeman’s Braves in 2020 only pull off the unlikely upset to go on to win the World Series.
They faced a 2-1 uphill climb against the Giants in the NLDS just a season ago before rattling off two wins to move on to the next round.
The hope is that this script has a similar ending to that of the 2020 edition.