Offense Gone South
This isn’t the time to panic, but some concern is needed after the Dodgers (43-30) lost two of three games to the host Angels, and were swept byOaklandon the road.
What’s distressing is the lack of offensive punch, but this should change once power-hitting All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp returns after the All-Star break.
Last Sunday’s 5-3 loss saw Bobby Abreu single in the first inning as Andre Ethier (double) scored, and it swelled to 2-0 in the second on Dee Gordon’s grounder.
In the bottom of the second, Peter Bourjos lined a two-run homer that tied it at 2-2, and Mike Trout (single) scored on a hit by Albert Pujols in the fifth to make it 3-2.
Adam Kennedy’s scoring fly brought in Juan Rivera (double) in the sixth to make it 3-3, but Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick each had run-scoring hits in the seventh.
The Dodgers claimed Saturday’s 3-1 encounter as Gordon (two hits) tallied two runs for the visitors who tacked on two runs in the first, and one in the sixth on Jerry Hairston Jr.’s single.
Chris Capuano (9-2) delivered a seven-hitter over seven innings, four strikeouts with no walks, and one run (earned).
The Angels managed eight hits off three hurlers including Erick Aybar’s single in the fifth that sliced the Dodgers’ lead to 2-1.
Chad Billingsley (4-6) was handed a 5-0 advantage after two frames on Friday, but couldn’t hold it as the Angels rallied for an 8-5 win.
Abreu’s three-run shot in the first was followed by run-scoring singles from Rivera (three hits) and Hairston (two hits).
The Angels mustered three runs in the second and three in the fourth inning before Trout’s solo homer in the sixth, while Torii Hunter and Aybar each had two hits and two runs batted in.
Clayton Kershaw lasted eight innings with three hits, one run (earned), seven strikeouts and two walks during Thursday’s 4-1 win by the Athletics.
Yoenis Cespedes drilled a three-run homer in the ninth for the game-winner.
Rivera (two hits) drove in the Dodgers’ run in the fourth, while Travis Blackley held the Boys of Summer to three hits with one run (earned) in eight innings.
USC product Tommy Milone (7-5) was masterful as he limited the Dodgers to three hits and one run (earned) over nine frames of Wednesday’s 4-1 victory.
Oakland’s Brandon McCarthy (6-3) was equally sharp as he blanked the Dodgers across seven innings with two hits, five whiffs and one walk of Tuesday’s 3-0 win.