The Dodgers offense continued their June swoon on Wednesday night, scoring just one run in a 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The Dodgers fell to 2-10 all-time in regular season games at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
The Dodgers have three runs and 14 hits in their last three games.
Tom Milone has found a home in this ballpark, and limited the Dodgers to one run and three hits in nine innings on Wednesday. That actually caused his home ERA to go up, to 0.99. The only run the Dodgers scored came in the second on a pop fly double by Juan Uribe, a ball Josh Reddick had in his glove before losing it during his dive in right field.
Milone retired 14 in a row until the top of the seventh, when Jerry Hairston Jr. reached on an infield single in the hole at shortstop. That single also snapped an 0-for-19 skid for Hairston.
Nathan Eovaldi pitched reasonably well, allowing three runs in six innings, though he only struck out two and walked three on the night. Tony Gwynn Jr. made eight putouts during Eovaldi's six innings, but might have had nine where he able to catch a double off the bat of Seth Smith in the fourth inning allowed the A's to tie the game at 1-1.
Oakland rallied for two runs in the fifth inning, and Brandon Moss added a solo home run in the eighth inning to help make sure the Dodgers didn't lose another one-run game in an Eovaldi start. The Dodgers have scored a total of three runs with Eovaldi in the game in his five starts this season, all losses.
Clayton Kershaw takes the mound in the series finale on Thursday afternoon as the Dodgers try to salvage a game. Oakland will send to the mound Travis Blackley, a pitcher the Dodgers faced twice in relief earlier this season when he was with San Francisco.
Home Runs: Brandon Moss (7)
WP - Tom Milone (7-5): 9 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
LP - Nathan Eovaldi (0-3): 6 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts