The Dodgers had a brief respite from losing there for a bit, but Monday night provided a harsh reminder that the Marlins are no longer in town. The Nationals roughed up Josh Beckett en route to an easy 6-1 win over the Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Beckett had his shortest outing of the season, throwing 68 pitches in just three innings. It was the latest in a series of stinkers for Beckett, who has allowed 21 runs in 24 innings since Apr. 14, what could be described as his one truly good start of the year.
Beckett allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in his three innings, continuing a disturbing trend for the Dodgers. In 2012, the Dodgers had five what I would call 'blow up' starts from their starting pitchers, a start of less than five innings and with more runs allowed than innings pitched. The Dodgers already have six such starts this season, including two by Beckett, and five in their last 13 games.
After the game, manager Don Mattingly told reporters that Beckett has been dealing with a groin issue that was bothering him, and that contributed to removing Beckett after three innings on Monday.
The Dodgers plated single runs in the fifth and the eighth innings off Jordan Zimmermann, which was an accomplishment in itself since he had allowed one run in 24 innings over his previous three starts combined. Zimmermann became the first seven-game winner in the majors.
- Matt Kemp singled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest Dodgers hitting streak without a home run since Scott Podsednik hit in 12 straight games in 2010.
- Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
- Carl Crawford went 2-for-4 and has at least one hit in each of his last 10 starts.
- A.J. Ellis extended his streak of seasons with a triple to three.
- Scott Elbert pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts in his second minor league rehab game with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday, mirroring his appearance on Friday night.
The tables turn on Tuesday night, as the Dodgers get to send a currently good pitcher to the mound in Clayton Kershaw, while the Nationals send out someone who used to be good in Dan Haren.
Home runs: none
WP - Jordan Zimmermann (7-1): 7... IP, 9 hits, 2 runs, 5 strikeouts
LP - Josh Beckett (0-5): 3 IP, 3 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), 2 walks, 5 strikeouts