Recently, if the Dodgers are scoring runs, it’s because Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig are getting on base and making things happen. Besides those two, the team's offense has been absolutely listless.
On Wednesday, Gordon and Puig held to form, but unfortunately for Los Angeles, so did the rest of the offense.
In a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Gordon recorded both of the Dodgers’ two hits on the night and Puig walked twice. For everyone else, it was another night of offensive humiliation.
A game after getting only five hits and one run against Hector Noesi, a 27-year-old journeyman who hadn’t won a game since 2012, the Dodgers made another Chicago pitcher look like an ace.
White Sox starter John Danks is a player who has shown flashes of promise, but one who also went 4-14 last season and has a 4.66 earned-run average this season. Against the Dodgers, he pitched 7 1/3 innings and gave up the one run.
Gordon, batting leadoff, reach safely in the first inning with a bunt single. Los Angeles didn’t get another hit until the eighth inning, when Gordon flicked a liner down the left-field line for a double, then stole third base, his 35th steal of the season.
Gordon scored on a Hanley Ramirez fielder’s choice. Puig, who had walked, slid hard into second base to prevent an inning-ending double play.
The Dodgers couldn’t get anything going in the ninth inning, though, and like Dan Haren on Tuesday, Josh Beckett was the tough-luck loser Wednesday night. He scattered nine hits over six innings, but minimized the damage because none of the batters he allowed to reach base scored. Both of Chicago’s runs came off of solo home runs.
After the loss, the Dodgers are now dangerously close to .500, at 31-30, and are eight games behind the NL West-leading Giants. They have Thursday off and begin a seven-game trip on Friday in Colorado.