Aside from a home run, no real offense from the Dodgers on Monday night as they fell to the Mariners, 4-3. They now have a two-game losing streak. EVERYONE PANIC!!!
Well, no. They’ll be fine. But still, losing isn’t fun. I prefer the winning streak.
On the night, the Dodgers offense had only five hits, and they stranded eight runners on base while going 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
The Mariners jumped out quickly, putting up three runs in the first two innings thanks to two home runs. After that, Dustin May settled down just nicely. He gave the Dodgers five strong innings, striking out eight which tied his career-high.
The storyline of the night in regards to May was his curveball. He got eight whiffs on it, which is the most he’s ever had on that pitch in his career. Entering the game he only had two whiffs on the pitch on the season. For the game, he had 13 whiffs total.
May just continues to impress early on this season with his strikeout numbers. On the season, he has 22 strikeouts in 15 1⁄3 innings of work. We’ve always known May has some of the nastiest stuff out there, but he was never able to translate it into swing-and-misses. Through a few starts this season, he’s showing his ability to get whiffs, which is definitely an encouraging sign.
The Dodgers put some runs on the board in the third inning thanks to a two-run home run from Corey Seager, his third of the season.
The difference maker ended up coming in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs and the bases empty, a routine groundout to Chris Taylor resulted in an error, putting a runner on first base. Because, of course it did, that error ended up costing the Dodgers. On a 3-2 pitch, Taylor Trammell, who homered earlier, doubled down the right field line, bringing in that run... barely. That run ended up being the run that gave the Mariners the one-run victory.
It looked as if the Dodgers were about to rally in the ninth. Edwin Rios walked and Mookie Betts got hit by a pitch (hopefully he’s okay) to put two on for Seager, arguably the top guy you’d want at the plate. He grounded into an inning ending double play, sending the Dodgers home with the loss.
WP: Justus Sheffield (1-1) 5 2⁄3 IP, 3 ER, 6 SO
LP: Dustin May (1-1) 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 SO
SV: Rafael Montero (3) 1 IP, 0 ER
HR: Corey Seager (3) Jose Marmolejos (3) Taylor Trammell (3)