June 30, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon (9) and second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. (6) during a stoppage in play in the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
This is becoming tragic. The Dodgers continued their epic run of offensive ineptitude on Saturday with a 5-0 loss to the New York Mets. The Dodgers have lost 11 of their last 12 games, including their last seven in a row.
It is the longest losing streak for the Dodgers since losing eight straight games from August 22-29, 2008. That team, with a healthy Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier and a fully functional Manny Ramirez, immediately followed that losing streak by winning their next eight games.
The Dodgers managed just one hit off Johan Santana, who pitched eight scoreless innings and is now 5-0 with an 0.50 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers. But scoreless innings are nothing new for the Dodgers, as they were shutout for the fifth time in six games.
The Dodgers have not scored in their last 23 innings, dating back to Thursday, and have been held scoreless in 56 of their last 57 innings. During that span, the Dodgers have had just six runners reach as far as third base, and they have been outscored 32-2.
The Dodgers did get one runner to third base on Sunday. In the eighth inning.
Nathan Eovaldi continued to get no run support, but it really didn't matter on Saturday as Eovaldi had his second poor start in a row. Eovaldi allowed five runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, with the crushing blow coming on a three-run home run by Ike Davis in the sixth inning to widen the Mets' lead.
Eovaldi joined Aaron Harang (June 24) as the only Dodgers starters to have no strikeouts in a game this season.
Home Runs: Ike Davis (11)
WP - Johan Santana (6-4): 8 IP, 3 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
LP - Nathan Eovaldi (0-5): 5 1/3 IP, 7 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts