Not so hot, it seems. And certainly, as it turned out, not invulnerable.
Owners of the
By the time it was over, they had suffered an 8-2 defeat Friday, taken a blow to that recent boost in confidence, watched three players go down and their lead in the
Otherwise, just a super night.
The Dodgers were left with the same uncertainty over right-hander
The latter three Dodgers were all injured to some degree, two apparently after odd slides to the plate.
In the first inning, Gonzalez somehow managed to slide over the plate with both this left leg and arm without actually touching it. He left the game with a bruised right knee in the third and was called day-to-day.
Puig left the game after scoring on odd slide in the sixth. Puig missed the plate completely, then did a strange dance with his hands to avoid the lunging tag attempts of catcher
And then in the seventh,
Maholm got the out, but his right leg buckled as he crossed the bag and he fell in a heap. He remained on the ground for some time before walking off the field. The Dodgers had no early word on his injury.
The dropping bodies overshadowed a dismal overall effort by the Dodgers. Besides Gonzalez sliding over the plate,
The Dodgers were hoping to get a bounce-back performance from Haren, whose recent struggles had the Dodgers skip his last start. But Haren (8-9) dropped his fifth consecutive decision. In those five games, he has a 10.03 earned-run average.
Friday was just more of the same ugly inconsistency. He lasted only 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and a pair of walks; he struck out three.
The Dodgers might have wanted to put Maholm in the No. 5 spot in the rotation, but now he's nursing an unknown leg injury.