There are few things more frustrating than a team struggling on offense, as the Dodgers are finding out now. In June, the team is hitting .220/.302/.301 in 19 games. They have gone seven games, and 246 plate appearances, since their last home run.
With their three losses in Oakland, the Dodgers fell to 10-10 without Matt Kemp during his second stint on the disabled list.
"As far as the Dodgers are concerned, this is the dead-ball era," Vin Scully said during Thursday's broadcast, and he was right. The Dodgers had three hits or less in all three games, the only time they have done so in three games in a row since at least 1918, the first year Baseball-Reference.com has play-by-play data.
The Dodgers' eight hits match their low for a three-game period since 1918, and the other two times it happened included a no-hitter.
The Dodgers were no-hit by Nolan Ryan on September 26, the fifth no-no of his career to break Sandy Koufax's MLB record. One day later, Don Sutton didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning and only allowed two hits in the game, a 4-1 Astros win and Sutton's first win against his former team. The Dodgers then moved on to Atlanta, and got six hits against Rick Mahler and Rick Camp in a 2-1 loss.
In the third game of the season, Ramon Martinez struck out 10 and allowed one run in eight innings, but took the loss as Chris Hammond and Bryan Harvey combined to hold the Dodgers to four hits. Not even Darren Dreifort's major league debut could save the Dodgers in a 1-0 loss. Then the Dodgers welcomed the Atlanta Braves to down on April 8, the 20th anniversary of Hank Aaron setting the all-time home run record. Terry Pendleton fell a single shy of the cycle, but the story was Kent Mercker's no-hitter in a 6-0 Atlanta win. One day later, the Dodgers had 10 innings but even the extra inning couldn't help the Dodgers get more than four hits in a 2-1 loss to the Braves.
That's three times since 1918 that the Dodgers had eight hits in a three-game period. But look at the bright side: at least there won't be a baseball strike this season.