Wednesday night the Dodgers got a taste of how the other half has been living, the bullpen faltering as the
If it wasn’t bad enough that Adam
Baez has been a significant part of the bullpen's early success. In 15 1/3 innings, he has struck out 22 and posted a 1.76 earned-run average. Baez had struck out all three batters he faced Wednesday when former Dodger Dee Gordon completed a four-hit night with a double off the left-center wall.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal went to the mound and summoned trainer Stan Conte. After a brief meeting on the mound, Conte left with Baez for the clubhouse.
The struggles of Liberatore and Hatcher ruined another nice start for
The Dodgers trailed 2-0 when they got one run back in the fourth inning after Alex Guerrero tripled and scored on a
But the bullpen, which began the night with a 1.94 ERA -- third best in the majors -- could not hold the 4-2 lead.
Liberatore had been unscored upon in is first nine appearances, but he couldn't manage an out in the seventh, surrendering two straight singles after Frias had allowed a leadoff hit. At that point Tim Wallach -- the fill-in manager after Don Mattingly was ejected in the fourth inning -- went to Hatcher.
Hatcher has been about the only weak link in the Dodgers' bullpen this season and he could not turn things around in the seventh. He gave up a run-scoring single to Martin Prado and a two-run single to Giancarlo Stanton.
None of the three runs were charged to Hatcher, so he actually lowered his ERA to 6.55.