Two more in a wave of Dodgers losses
BALTIMORE -- This is starting to look familiar.
When the Titanic sank, there was a Guggenheim on board.
Benjamin Guggenheim’s family went on to found an investment company that now owns the Dodgers, who are watching water gush into the corridors of their star-adorned, $230-million ocean liner. The Dodgers extended their losing streak to six games on Saturday at Oriole Park, losing both games of their doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, 7-5 and 6-1.
The most expensive team in baseball history has a 7-10 record, already six games behind the first-place Colorado Rockies in the National League West. Four games remain on the Dodgers’ East Coast trip.
“It’s past puzzling,” Andre Ethier said. “It’s more frustrating beyond belief.”
In both the skipper’s office and the crew’s quarters, the feeling was that the leaks on the ship had to be plugged immediately.
“This is a time when you feel like you need a win,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “This feels like one of those times. We need to put a win on the board and get out of this.”
The Dodgers are aware they are only 17 games into a 162-game season. But they’ve also seen how an awful April can drown the most talented of teams.
“You don’t want to dig yourself too deep of a hole because then you need five wins to get you rolling,” said Josh Beckett, the losing pitcher in the second game.
By Mattingly’s estimation, effort isn’t the problem. Accountability doesn’t appear to be one, either, as Beckett blamed himself for the loss in the second game while Ethier pointed the finger at himself and the other hitters.
The Dodgers’ offense came to life in the early innings of the opening game of the doubleheader, with Ethier hitting a towering three-run home run off Jason Hammel in the first inning. But the Dodgers scored only two more runs over the remaining eight innings.
Rookie left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu had a 3-0 lead through the first inning and a 4-2 advantage through two innings.
But Ryu served up a fourth-inning home run to Nolan Reimold that closed the gap to 4-3. The Orioles scored twice in the sixth inning to pull ahead, 5-4.
“This is on me,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “The team supported me with five runs.”
Ryu was charged with five runs and eight hits in six innings. He was supposed to pitch Friday night but the game was rained out.
The Dodgers got another early run in the second game, this one on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez that pushed in Carl Crawford.
Gonzalez has driven in 13 runs. No other player has more than six.
The Orioles tied the score, 1-1, on a second-inning solo home run by overnight sensation Chris Davis. The home team moved ahead in the fifth inning, 3-1, on a run-scoring doubles by Manny Machado and Adam Jones.
Machado blew open the game by taking Beckett deep for a three-run home run in the sixth inning.
Jones’ double and Machado’s home run, which drove in a combined four runs, came with two outs.
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