The palpable frustration is creeping back for the
The images were clear Sunday:
On a day when the Dodgers lineup needed to provide an early cushion for right-handed rookie Matt Magill (0-2), they stranded four runners in scoring position over the first three innings and seven overall in an 8-1 loss to the
That inadequacy at the plate coupled with a poor performance by Magill led to the Dodgers' second consecutive loss and a split of a four-game series with the
Two days after getting their first walk-off victory of the season, the Dodgers experienced their second Magill walk-a-thon in eight days. He continually mislocated fastballs and gave up seven runs and six walks over 3-2/3 innings. He gave up only five hits and three earned runs, but fell behind batter after batter and never looked confident in his sixth start. This came after he served up four home runs and walked nine batters against the
Magill worked through first-inning walks to
The Dodgers next wasted a single by
Punto followed by lining out to first baseman
After walking Heyward with one out in the third inning, Magill induced Justin Upton into nubbing a grounder down the first base line. But Gonzalez came up empty after trying to pick up the ball with his glove, drawing an error and allowing Upton to reach first.
Freeman then singled to right field to load the bases, Evan Gattis hit a sacrifice fly and
Federowicz grounded out sharply to third base to strand Gonzalez and Schumaker in the third inning before a three-run double by Freeman in the fourth chased Magill.
Uggla hit a home run to lead off the fifth inning, his third home run in two games, and the Dodgers stranded runners at second and third in the bottom half of the inning.
Puig finished three for five to raise his average to .464. Schumaker extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games.
The Dodgers have scored only one run in each of their last two games and four runs in their last three games. They cap a 10-game homestand with three games against the