Dodgers lose to Padres as slump continues

first_img“I can assure you this won’t break us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “When you’re the team we are and you’ve had the season we’ve had, teams are going to want to go out there and play well against you. So you’re essentially going to get the best of every team. That’s what’s supposed to happen. It’s up to us to go out there and answer the bell.“We haven’t played great the last 10 days but I can assure you when we get home, we have Arizona again, you’ll see a much better team.”For that to be the case, it would help if they got better starting pitching.Wood returned from the DL and gave up four runs on seven hits (including two home runs) and three walks in six innings.That actually qualifies as one of the better efforts by a Dodgers’ starting pitcher in this “rough patch.” Over the past nine games – a stretch that includes six scoreless innings from Clayton Kershaw in his return from the DL on Friday – Dodgers starting pitchers have a 7.65 ERA and 1.83 WHIP. Wood and Kershaw are the only two starters during that time to pitch into the sixth inning. Only one other (Yu Darvish against the Brewers) even completed five innings.“It’s the same formula we’ve had all year long and the results just aren’t there,” Roberts said.Erick Aybar and Jose Pirela hit the home runs off Wood. The Padres scored two more runs when September callup Fabio Castillo replaced him.Cody Bellinger was on the DL with a sprained ankle when this slump started. Corey Seager has not played in a week with an elbow problem. Not coincidentally, the offense has become pedestrian, averaging just over three runs per game.Roberts said he is seeing positive signs that the Dodgers’ bats are coming out of it. But Sunday was more of the same intermittent production. Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin retired the first nine Dodgers in order before Chris Taylor led off the fourth inning with a solo home run. Justin Turner had an RBI double later that inning and the Dodgers scored another run in the seventh inning after Padres center fielder Manuel Margot misplayed Bellinger’s fly ball. That fell for a triple and Bellinger scored on a sacrifice fly by Yasmani Grandal.In the ninth, Bellinger hit his 36th home run of the season, passing Mike Piazza for the franchise rookie record. The 418-foot drive came off Padres left-hander Brad Hand, the 11th of Bellinger’s 36th home runs to come off a left-handed pitcher. That is the most in the majors this season by a left-handed batter off a left-handed pitcher.Afterward, Bellinger said he would have preferred to get the record-breaking home run in a Dodgers win “for sure” but echoed the company line about the Dodgers’ troubling week.“I’m not worried,” he said. “And I know no one in this clubhouse is worried about what’s happened in this past week. We’re going to go out tomorrow and play a game.” SAN DIEGO >> The Dodgers are no longer living life as the 1 percent.“We’re such a statistics-based team. I think it’s a statistical improbability to go an entire season without getting punched in the face at any time,” Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood said after their latest defeat, a 6-4 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday afternoon.“We’ve been so good for so long and you have a rough patch for a week, it’s ‘What’s going on?’ Every team in the world goes through this.”If the Dodgers had avoided taking a punch for the first five months of the season, they are getting worked over like a speed bag right now. Sunday’s loss was their third in four games at Petco Park this weekend and their eighth in their past nine games. Before this skid, they had gone 67 games losing consecutive games only once.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img