Dodgers manage just 2 hits in latest loss, 3-1 to Brewers – Daily Bulletin

The Dodgers’ offense right now is a lot like a foot that has fallen asleep. The tingling lets you know it’s there. But you can’t walk on it.

The latest low point in the Dodgers’ offensive slump was a two-hitter at the hands of Freddy Peralta and three relievers as the Milwaukee Brewers won, 3-1, Friday night at American Family Field.

The loss was the Dodgers’ fifth in their past six games and ninth in their past 12.

There is no mystery in where the blame lies. Over their last 13 games, the Dodgers have hit .177 as a team (.200 with runners in scoring position) while averaging 3.2 runs per game, including two or fewer in seven of the 13 games.

“It’s tough. It’s frustrating. And, it seems awful,” said outfielder A.J. Pollock, whose solo home run produced the Dodgers’ only run. “But it’s like – it’s baseball. We play 162. Sometimes you go through little stuff like this.

“I think everyone knows how good our offense is. So I don’t think anyone is in any deep worry there. But, yeah, baseball can be frustrating. Collectively as an offense, you obviously want to go out there and put up runs, especially with our pitching keeping us in there. We’ve got a hold up our end of the bargain.”

It wouldn’t take much offense to flip the script. The Dodgers have lost seven times during the slump by one (five times) or two runs.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has insisted that the slump – “if that’s what we’re calling it,” he said at one point recently – is just the natural ebb and flow of a long season. But his frustration flowed out in the eighth inning Friday when he was ejected for arguing a checked-swing strike call on Chris Taylor by first-base umpire Angel Hernandez.

“I just I didn’t agree with the earlier balk call on (Jimmy) Nelson and then right there, I’m in the third-base dugout, so I don’t have a great angle,” Roberts said. “But it was pretty clear to me, from the backside, that CT didn’t go around. As a hitter, anyone who played the game knows that a 2-0 count is considerably different than a 1-1 count. I just think that we all need to be held accountable and I thought he missed it.”

A six-run eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday sent the Dodgers off on their longest road trip of the season with evidence for Roberts’ promise that the offense would awaken from its slumber. But they have scored just two runs in the first 18 innings of the trip.

Against Peralta, the Dodgers got two baserunners in the first inning on a walk and a hit batter. But they did no damage and Peralta retired 10 in a row, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

Pollock put an end to that with a leadoff home run. But the Dodgers’ only other hit was a harmless single by Will Smith in the seventh.

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