LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have been punchless at the plate in their first two games of the season, and will try to get back on the beam against Derek Holland and the Giants on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
Chris Taylor singled in the seventh inning on Friday night for the lone Dodgers hit, then was promptly erased on a double play ground ball by Corey Seager. The Dodgers sent the minimum 27 batters to the plate in a nine-inning loss for just the third time since moving to Los Angeles. The other two times were perfect games by Tom Browning (1988) and Dennis Martinez (1991).
The Dodgers have just seven hits through two games, with pitcher Clayton Kershaw sharing the team lead with two. It has been a bad couple of games.
“That’s not how we scripted it,” manager Dave Roberts said Friday.
They have already matched the 1968 Dodgers for most consecutive shutouts to open the season. That 1968 team scored a run in its third game — just one run, and won — and it came in the 20th inning of the season. That’s the longest scoreless streak to open a season in franchise history.
While the Dodgers are in search of their first run of the season, they are also in search of their first extra-base hit of 2018, a far cry from the team that set franchise records for home runs and doubles last season. The 2017 Dodgers never went more than one game without an extra-base hit.
In the last 111 seasons the only Dodgers team to open the year with a longer streak of games without an extra-base hit was in 1970, with three such contests to open the campaign.
The last Dodgers team with a streak of three games without an extra-base hit at any point in the season was in 1992, by a team that lost 99 games.
Standing in their way on Saturday is Derek Holland, who allowed 31 home runs and 31 doubles in just 135 innings for the White Sox in 2017. The left-hander allowed a .535 slugging percentage last year and posted a 6.20 ERA. Of the 134 major league pitchers with at least 100 innings last year Holland ranked 131st in ERA and 131st in slugging percentage allowed.
The last time Holland had an ERA under 4.91 was 2014.
If not now for the Dodgers offense, when?
Time: 6:10 p.m. PT
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