Dodgers fall flat again in loss to Diamondbacks


LOS ANGELES, CA, September 21, 2022 Dodgers pitcher Dustin May looks down the hill after giving up five runs against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.  (Wally Scalig/Los Angeles Times)

Dodgers pitcher Dustin May looks down the hill after giving up five runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. (Wally Scalig/Los Angeles Times)

Dustin May had no problem getting his first two hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks hitter on Wednesday night.

However, getting rid of her away has become a terrifying adventure for the Dodgers’ right-handed family still trying to rediscover their way back from Tommy John’s surgery.

In a 6-1 loss at Dodger Stadium, May followed up his best start to the season with one of his worst starts, giving up five runs over four shaky innings where he also walked twice, hit one, and had seven men up to base two-stroke count.

“I set myself up for failure, walk with guys and stop calling,” Mai said. “It was bad overall.”

Prior to Wednesday, May appeared to be nearing a starting point in the Dodgers’ playoff, thanks to an increase in performance, including five no-kick runs against the San Francisco Giants last week, and because starting games could be easier on his team. Surgically repaired elbow.

“Be a little jug, [coming off] “Tommy John, since year one, to give him ample opportunity to have successful preparations, prudent routines, that obviously makes the most sense,” said manager Dave Roberts before the match began. “Is it cemented? I will probably stop it. But that is very reasonable.”

To be counted on in the playoffs, the 25-year-old will have to avoid outings like on Wednesdays.

In the first inning, May had beaten Daulton Varsho on count 2 and 2 before running him on a low curved ball and a high punch.

With two naysayers, and Farshaw in second after a stolen base, May had Christian Walker on hole 1 and 2, only to throw a fast ball wide and a low curve that left the count full. Then he threw a high diver and a lying walker in the left for a broken RBI bat.

A similar sequence was played in the third inning. Jake McCarthy was on count 1 and 2 with two naysayers, but then fired a few curveballs and a draw-cutter. Moments later, he stole second place, then scored on RBI’s single Walker.

In the fourth inning, May’s night got out of hand.

After Carson Kelly doubled, Giraldo Perdomo took advantage of a 0 and 2 fastball and Farcho hit a 0 and 2 curve ball to load the bases.

May tried to start the next batter, Corbin Carroll, with a high cutter but missed his place low and above the board. Carroll smoked it, sending a double into the three-game gap to make it 5-0 before the Dodgers scored a hit (they finished with just three, and had a one-half home run for the Mookie Betts).

“It’s just one of those games,” Roberts said. “Clean game. We just got defeated.”

Arizona Diamondbacks Jake McCarthy beats Dodgers player Austin Barnes to score a run.

Arizona Diamondbacks Jake McCarthy beats Dodgers quarterback Austin Barnes to score a seventh inning game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. (Wally Scalig/Los Angeles Times)

In contrast to some of May’s blunders since his return to the active roster, his problems on Wednesday were less about leadership and more about conviction, with Roberts pointing to potential problems with pitch selection and attack plan.

“With Dustin, it’s not just about things,” Roberts said, noting that even on one night his near three-figure pace in May was fine, his tendency to “try to bully men” with his fast soccer “becomes predictable.” Extremely”.

“Just to continue understanding how to use his blend in the right way, I think it will be helpful,” Roberts added. “Obviously, time is of the essence. There are only a few beginnings to clean these things up. But that is all of us.”

In fact, the clock is ticking for May to be just fine.

He’s shown his dominance at times this season but he’s still inconsistent now six games into his comeback.

He insisted he feels physically healthy and is “now I feel comfortable with everything,” he said. “I just need to get out and execute.”

For the Dodgers to rely on him in the playoffs, do they need to see more consistency over the last two weeks?

“Absolutely,” said Roberts.

Offer Updates

Each day, Roberts sends out a familiar round of questions during the pre-game, squeezing the condition of the team’s nearly six injured bowlers.

And every day, as the playoffs get ever closer, his updates are subject to change, delivering unexpectedly good news to some, and an increasingly troubling development to others.

Wednesday was no different.

After saying for several days that Blake Treinen would be activated from the right on Thursday, Roberts was forced to back off, revealing that the comforter shoulder blade “isn’t bouncing the way any of us would have hoped” and that his October position remains uncertain.

“He played today and we’ll see how he gets out of that,” said Roberts. “We’ll kind of kick the can down a bit.”

There was mixed good news in Roberts’ afternoon chat with reporters. He said right-hand worker Brusdar Graterol will be activated on Thursday instead, giving the dwelling an earlier-than-expected comeback from a facility problem that has kept it on the sidelines since the beginning of September.

The Dodgers are hoping Tony Gonsulin (forearm) and Dave Price (wrist) are close to making a comeback as well. Both hitters will face Thursday in what will be a particularly key move for Gonsulin, who is running out of time to try to get back in full swing.

“I’ve already spoken with Tony, #1, about taking him back to the tip,” Roberts said. “Once we get to that point, we will decide on the role that makes the most sense. So he is open to anything.”

If all goes well Thursday for Gonsulin, Roberts said, he may begin his rehab job as soon as next week.

However, Trinen’s recent setback was the most disturbing news, with Roberts saying the right-handed – who was originally expected to be one of the Dodgers’ mainstays before suffering a shoulder injury in mid-April that was limited. He’s only been in five games all season – still not a guarantee he’ll be ready for October.

I would say there is still an ‘if’, said Roberts.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.


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