Dodgers offense’s inability to show up doomed them in NLDS

Freddie Freeman shot a double down the first-base line with runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out in the 3rd inning Saturday night time, snapping a brutal two-game streak in which the Dodgers had long past 0 for 20 with runners in scoring place.

If the computer virus hadn’t became in Game 4 of the National League Division Series in opposition to the San Diego Padres, most likely it was once starting to loosen up the ones longitudinal muscle groups for a spin across the soggy basepaths in Petco Park.

“When Freddie doubled early in the game to drive in two runs, it felt like that maybe was a hit that would break it open for us,” Dodgers 3rd baseman Justin Turner stated. “But it didn’t happen. The whole series, I think we did a good job of setting the table. We just never really got the big hit.”

Bullpen mismanagement was once the largest issue in Saturday night time’s surprising demise of a once-promising season in which the Dodgers gained a franchise-record 111 video games however have been bounced from the playoffs by means of the Padres, who scored 5 runs in the 7th inning for a dramatic 5-3 comeback victory in Game 4.

But over the process the collection, it was once the inability of baseball’s highest offense to carry out even shut to its regular-season requirements that doomed the Dodgers.

A workforce that led the most important leagues with 847 runs, a mean of five.3 in step with sport, scored 12 runs in the NLDS, a mean of 3 in step with sport.

A workforce that led baseball with a .272 moderate with runners in scoring place hit .147 (5 for 34) with 11 strikeouts with runners in scoring place in opposition to the Padres.

A workforce that averaged 8.5 strikeouts in step with sport all through the steady season whiffed 44 occasions in the NLDS, a mean of eleven in step with sport.

“I really don’t know why,” Freeman stated, when requested why the offense dried up. “I’m sure there was a three-game span during the regular season when we didn’t do so well either. It’s just unfortunate that it happened in October.”

The Dodgers did neatly to snatch an early lead Saturday night time on Freeman’s seize two-run double off Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove, however they neglected a number of alternatives to construct a fair larger cushion.

Justin Turner walked and Trayce Thompson singled to put two on with one out in the 6th inning, however Chris Taylor was once rung up on a 93-mph fastball that replays confirmed was once out of doors — the left fielder’s 3rd strikeout of the sport — and Gavin Lux struck out on a 93-mph fastball up in the zone to finish the inning.

The Dodgers downshifted into small-ball mode to load the bases with out a outs in the highest of the 7th off reliever Steven Wilson when Mookie Betts walked, Trea Turner driven a bunt unmarried towards first base and Freeman was once hit by means of a pitch.

Will Smith covered a sacrifice fly to left for a 3-0 lead. San Diego supervisor Bob Melvin summoned left-hander Tim Hill to face the left-handed-hitting Max Muncy. Trea Turner and Freeman pulled off a double scouse borrow — with out a throw — on Hill’s first pitch to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out.

But Muncy struck out swinging on a 92-mph sinker, and Justin Turner grounded out to shortstop to finish the inning.

“There was an opportunity to tack on, we couldn’t do that, and it ended up costing us,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “You saw [the Padres] kind of being able to get hits with guys in scoring position to kind of scratch and claw their way back into the game and tack on. We just couldn’t do that.”

Dodgers' Trea Turner bunts for a single during the seventh inning in Game 4 of the NLDS against the San Diego Padres.

Dodgers’ Trea Turner bunts for a unmarried all through the 7th inning in Game 4 of the NLDS in opposition to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Saturday in San Diego.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

The Padres rallied for 5 runs off Dodgers relievers Tommy Kahnle, Yency Almonte and Alex Vesia in the ground of the 7th. The Dodgers went down in order in opposition to flame-throwing right-hander Robert Suarez in the 8th. They didn’t stand an opportunity in opposition to left-hander Josh Hader in the 9th.

With a difficult rain falling, the highest of the mighty Dodgers order — Betts, Trea Turner and Freeman — all struck out, touching off a wild party a number of the Padres and their soaking wet enthusiasts that lasted till the wee hours of the morning.

“Our goal every year is to win a World Series in October,” Taylor stated as avid gamers exchanged hugs and stated their goodbyes in a silent visiting clubhouse. “It’s not to win 111 games, or to win our division, or to win the most games. It’s to win the last game of the year. We didn’t do that, and it sucks.”

Taylor was once an October hero closing fall, batting .351 with a 1.202 OPS, 4 homers, 4 doubles and 12 RBIs in 11 playoff video games, together with a walk-off homer in opposition to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild-card sport.

But he was once slowed by means of neck stiffness in overdue September and early October and hadn’t performed a sport in two weeks when he returned to the lineup for Game 3. Taylor went 0 for 7 with 5 strikeouts in Games 3 and four.

“I felt good physically, my neck wasn’t bothering me, I was healthy,” Taylor stated. “Obviously, I didn’t play the way I wanted to, but it’s baseball. It’s a hard game. I was getting frustrated at myself for not playing better.

“The game is tough. You’re facing good pitching. You gotta give them some credit, but yeah, I did not play the way I wanted to individually. So it’s a tough loss for this whole team.”

Freeman, who hit .357 (5 for 14) with a homer, 3 doubles and 3 RBIs, and Trea Turner, who hit .333 (6 for 18) with two homers, two doubles and two RBIs, have been the one Dodgers who had excellent offensive collection.

Betts hit .143 (2 for 14) with a double and an RBI. Smith hit .188 (3 for 16) with two doubles and two RBIs. Thompson and Justin Turner each hit .154 (2 for 13). Cody Bellinger hit .143 (1 for 7), and the previous NL most dear participant was once benched for Game 4. Joey Gallo didn’t even get an at-bat.

“The playoffs in baseball are tough, and in a short series, a five-game series, it’s always a flip of the coin,” Justin Turner stated. “It’s whoever gets the big hits, and they got the big hits. You can point your fingers to whatever you want, but the bottom line is we didn’t get the job done. We got beat.”

Leave a Comment