Dodgers lose in 11 innings after Dustin May suffers arm injury – Daily Bulletin

The Dodgers day could not have started better Saturday. Mookie Betts hit the first pitch of the game over the fence for a home run, a bright sign for a slumping offense.

It turned dark very quickly.

Hard-throwing right-hander Dustin May reacted in pain after a pitch in the second inning and left the game with a right arm injury that appeared ominous. May’s injury cast a pall over the rest of the game as the Dodgers continued to slump, losing 6-5 when the Milwaukee Brewers scored three times in the 11th inning.

The loss was the Dodgers’ sixth in their past seven games and 10th in their past 13. After losing three of four to the Padres last weekend and two of three to the Reds earlier this week, the Dodgers have lost the first three in a four-game series at Milwaukee. It is the first time they have lost three consecutive series since September 2017.

The Dodgers held the lead four times Saturday but wound up with their sixth one-run loss during this slide and third in extra innings.

But all of that paled in comparison with the potentially serious injury to May, one of the most dynamic young pitchers in the major leagues.

“I think that anytime a pitcher comes out of a game and you start talking about the elbow, yeah, I’m concerned certainly — for him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the game, clearly upset.

“Wins and losses are gonna happen but I think that if it happened to any of our guys … certainly the health of the player, short- and long-term, is our biggest concern.”

The 23-year-old May retired the first five Brewers he faced, striking out three in the follow-up start after he struck out a career-high 10 in six innings against the San Diego Padres last Sunday.

But May gave up a solo home run to Luis Urias that tied the game 1-1 in the second inning then went to a 2-and-2 count to the next hitter, Brewers outfielder Billy McKinney.

On his 27th pitch of the game, May threw a fastball that missed the plate wide by a considerable margin. He immediately winced in pain and signaled to the Dodgers’ dugout.

Roberts said May felt “a shooting sensation” in his arm on a curveball during McKinney’s at-bat. But his last pitch was a four-seam fastball.

May averaged 98.4 mph on his four-seam fastball in his first four starts this season and had averaged 99.1 mph on his first five four-seamers in Saturday’s start. His final pitch to McKinney was just 94.3 mph, his lowest velocity on a four-seam fastball this season.

Roberts said May will get an MRI when the team gets to Chicago Monday but he will go on the Injured List Sunday.

The Dodgers’ pitching staff will certainly need reinforcements after 10 pitchers appeared in Saturday’s loss — 11 if you count Clayton Kershaw who struck out as a pinch-hitter. May’s early exit turned Saturday into a second consecutive bullpen game for the Dodgers. Friday night, the relief relay allowed just one run on two hits over six innings in a 3-1 loss. This time, seven relievers combined to allow just one run on six hits over 7 1/3 innings before baseball’s ‘ghost runner on second’ rule took over in the 10th.

They could have used some help from the offense.

After Betts’ early spark, the Dodgers’ bats went limp again. Betts reached base three times in the game and scored again on a triple by Corey Seager in the third inning after being hit by a pitch.

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