The Dodgers dropped their third consecutive game to the Padres on Wednesday night resulting in a series sweep. San Diego came out swinging and set the tone early on Monday when they put up a 4 spot in the first inning.
Los Angeles would never lead after that in the series. The hope is that Trevor Bauer could come in and salvage a win in the series on Wednesday night. Bauer gave up 3 solo homeruns and the Dodgers offense couldn’t come through once again.
After the game, Bauer talked about the series and what led to the Dodgers getting swept. From what he said, it sounds like he did not think Los Angeles could match the intensity that San Diego put up on a nightly basis.
They’re good. We know they’re good. They’ve got a lot of talent in that lineup. They’ve got a lot of talent on that pitching staff. A good team. And they absolutely kicked our ass from an intensity standpoint. They came to play and we didn’t. So that’s what happens in baseball. You try to come out and attack the other team and win and when you don’t have that mindset, you get rolled and we got rolled.
Based on how the Padres played all series, it’s tough to argue with Bauer. The Dodgers looked flat for most of the series and did indeed get rolled over 3 games. For his part, Bauer did manage to keep the Padres to “just” 3 solo shots. That kept them in the game until the bullpen handed over the lead late.
Intensity is a tough thing for a team to come up with. It can’t be faked and it really can’t be forced. For what it’s worth, Dave Roberts later said that he did not think the Dodgers were lacking intensity. He said that he felt the team showed up in San Diego to win a series.
We’ll let you be the judge of that.