Friday the 13th was not a good day for the tax evaders.
The misfortune began when the team has put Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day injury list in the morning and ended around midnight with a 12-10, lost 10 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium for the third consecutive defeat.
The script was reminiscent of the Opening win of the Phillies 9-7 series Thursday: Lots of attack on both sides, a Dodgers comeback to equalize the game and a collapse of the Dodgers bullpen. on Fridays, Justin Turner detonated a two-point home run with one knocked out in the ninth inning before the Phillies scored three runs out Brusdar grater and escaped an endless jam loaded with bases in the tenth.
“We just didn’t pitch well,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts She said. “That’s not who we are. I haven’t seen it here in my time, so it’s one we have to wash away. “
Walker BuehlerWhose departure was brought forward from Saturday to replace Kershaw with a four-day rest, he recorded his worst performance of the season before the bullpen lost a one-point lead.
Buehler has given up five season record points out of nine wins with just three strikeouts in five innings. He gave Kyle Schwarber a two-point home run and two wins to Phillies number 1 Bryson Stott. 9 hitter who entered the night with a batting average of .111.
“It’s just not a great job getting the kids out,” Buehler said.
The Dodgers’ attack offset the unusual exit with a third inning of five runs and another in the fourth to take a 6-5 lead. Chris Taylor went home. Mookie Betts and Justin Turner each finished with a double. Max Muncy and Austin Barnes delivered RBI singles.
They chased right after Kyle Gibson after 3 innings and 2/3, but Alex Vesia and Evan Phillips then combined to produce three runs in the sixth inning and the Dodgers (20-11) never drove again.
Bryce Harper added a solo home run in the eighth inning after hitting two doubles in his first four appearances with the Phillies (16-17). His success prompted the Dodgers to intentionally take him out in the tenth inning with a runner on third base and one out.
Nick Castellanos then tied a groundball along the left court line for the go-ahead, double by two points. Moments later, Castellanos attempted to steal third base, forcing a misspelled shot into Barnes’ left field behind the plate to score the last run of the night.
The Dodgers’ three-game losing streak is the longest of the youth season. It’s a little bump on a long way. The biggest loss is Kershaw.
The left-handed veteran landed on the injury list with inflammation of the right SI joint. The sacroiliac joints are located in the hip, where the spine and pelvis connect. Inflammation causes lower back pain. Southpaw Garrett Cleavinger has been recalled to take Kershaw’s place on the roster.
Roberts said Kershaw began to experience discomfort on the team’s flight from Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. On Thursday he received an epidural injection to ease the pain. Kershaw said an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but the discomfort persists enough for the Dodgers to decide to shelve it even as they face a grueling stretch with an already understaffed launch staff.
“I’m not feeling great right now,” Kershaw said. “It’s been a while now. But I am confident that for the moment mine [injured list] the period is over, I should be almost ready to go, if not ready to go “.
Kershaw has a long history of hip and back problems. In 2012, he missed a start due to right hip pain and nearly required off-season surgery. Four years later, he missed two months with a slipped disc. He also wasted time in 2017, 2018 and 2020 due to back injuries. Kershaw on Friday confirmed that he has already addressed his current problem.
“Clayton’s body has really responded to the epidural in the past,” Roberts said. “So I think for all of us we are confident we can get through this and we expect him to make all starts of him when he comes back.”
Kershaw’s absence emerged at an inopportune time for Los Angeles. The Dodgers are playing 31 games in 30 days, including a doubleheader on Tuesday. Roberts said the club intended to temporarily use a six-man rotation to resist the program. That plan was interrupted. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out how to tackle next week.
The first step was to move Buehler up to Friday and Giulio Uria from Sunday to Saturday. There are questions later. Tony Gonsolin will start on Sunday or Monday. Michael Grove or Andre Jackson, both minor leagues, will start the other game.
Grove, a round two pick in 2018, never pitched above double A level. Jackson has an ERA of 6.14 in five starts with Oklahoma City’s triple A after making three big league appearances. last season.
As for Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tyler Anderson will start a match and Ryan Pepiot will probably start the other. Pepiot scored three innings in his major league debut Wednesday in Pittsburgh before being optioned.
Jackson, Grove and Pepiot are the only healthy starting pitchers of the 40-man squad not on the team.
Andrea Heaney he has been on the list of injuries for almost a month due to a shoulder injury and has only recently resumed throwing. His return is not imminent. Mitch White is still bolstering after testing positive for COVID-19. David Price is expected to return from his COVID-19 absence next week, but Roberts said Price will remain a relief of one inning upon his return.
Then there is Kershaw. Friday’s move interrupted a strong pitch for the 34-year-old’s fifteenth season after deciding to return to the Dodgers on a one-year contract. In five starts, the future Hall of Famer owns a 1.80 ERA with 32 strikeouts on two walks. She pitched seven perfect innings across 80 fields in her seasonal debut against the Minnesota Twins, sparking a national debate over Roberts’ decision to pull him six outs from history.
Roberts said he was protecting Kershaw from months of injuries removed from Kershaw nearly in need of surgery on Tommy John. Kershaw approved the decision. The above continued however. On Friday, the team again decided to take a cautious approach with him.
“He’s back here to give us a chance to win a World Series this year,” said Roberts. “He knows when to push, when not to push it. And right now is not that moment. So taking a step back and somehow listening to your body is the prudent way to handle it. “
The Dodgers can afford to take the long-term approach. The National League West looks loaded with the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres playing as legitimate contenders but are confident of reaching October for the tenth consecutive year. A bad Friday May 13 would be long forgotten if they did.
Staff writer Jack Harris contributed to this report.