Andre Ethier, the Dodgers' number three hitter, had three plate appearances in nine innings on Thursday in Oakland.
The Dodgers offense continued their holiday on Thursday, wasting a strong performance from Clayton Kershaw by scoring just one run, and fell to the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on a three-run walk-off home run by Yoenis Cespedes in the ninth inning. The Dodgers were swept by the A's and are 2-12 all-time during the regular season in Oakland.
Clayton Kershaw pitched eight solid innings and improved as the game went on, retiring the final 13 batters he faced. He allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out seven. The only run off Kershaw came in the second inning.
Jonny Gomes opened the second inning with a single to left field that was played into a double by a diving Elian Herrera, then advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Kershaw. Brandon Inge followed with a shot down the left field line that was almost a two-run home run but drifted foul. Inge settled for a fly ball in fair territory just in front of the left field wall that was plenty deep enough to score Gomes on a sacrifice fly.
Travis Blackley retired the first 10 Dodgers of the game, a string snapped by a Herrera double with one out in the fourth inning. One out later, Juan Rivera singled down the right field line to tie the game and give the Dodgers their second run of the series. That was all Blackley allowed.
Blackley had a game score of 78, continuing a run of the Dodgers getting shut down by the opposing starter.
|Highest Game Scores Against Dodgers This Season|
|Jun 8||Kevin Millwood||77||6.0||0||0||0||1||6|
The four best game scores against the Dodgers this season have come in their last four games.
The Dodgers came out on the wrong side of a pair of bunts in the ninth inning. In the top of the inning, Dee Gordon tried to sacrifice Matt Treanor to second base, but Gordon's bunt to third baseman Brandon Inge led to Treanor getting forced out at second. Gordon was then thrown out trying to steal second.
In the bottom of the inning, with Crisp on second base, Jemile Weeks bunted to pitcher Josh Lindblom, who had a play on Crisp at third base but didn't throw because third baseman Juan Uribe had left the bag to also try and field the bunt. That led to a first and third situation for Cespedes, who erased all small-ball talk with a line drive over the left field wall for yet another Dodgers loss.
During the television broadcast on Prime Ticket, Vin Scully said, "As far as the Dodgers are concerned, this is the dead-ball era." After two runs and eight hits in three games in Oakland, that seems apt.
- Kershaw picked off Crisp in the first inning, snapping a streak of 36 consecutive successful stolen bases, which was an A's record. The pickoff was Kershaw's fifth of the season, most in MLB.
- Treanor walked in the ninth inning, and has reached base via hit or walk in 11 straight games.
Andre Ethier, 0-for-3 off Blackley on Thursday, has two hits in his last 31 at-bats against left-handers, including a double, two walks, and 14 strikeouts during that span.
The Dodgers return to their homes Thursday night and will open a three-game series against the Angels in Anaheim beginning Friday night. Chad Billingsley starts the opener for the Dodgers, facing Dan Haren for the Halos.
Home Runs: Yoenis Cespedes (7)
WP - Ryan Cook (2-1): 1 IP, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
LP - Josh Lindblom (2-1): 3 batters, 2 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk