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June 19, 2011

Dodgers blanked against MLB’s worst, Houston Astros

by @ 11:39 am. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to find themselves in a little bit of a funk.  The Dodgers currently are on a five-game losing streak which includes a home sweep against the Cincinnati Reds and will soon include a sweep by the Houston Astros if they lose in the series finale with Houston this afternoon.

The problem seems to be on both sides as the offense has not been there enough, scoring just 11-runs in five games while allowing 30-runs; the past three games have seen Dodgers pitchers surrender seven-runs in each match-up.

Last night, the worst team in baseball, the Houston Astros, shut-out the Dodgers for the seventh time this season.

With the shut-out, Houston only needed one-run, but managed to score five in the fifth-inning to take complete command of the game from that point forward.  Dodgers starter, Rubby De La Rosa did not even finish the fifth after surrendering five-runs in 4 2/3 innings.  All three of his walks occurred in the fifth and came back to hurt him as the inning progressed.

De La Rosa walked Brett Wallace to begin the fifth and Chris Johnson and Clint Barmes followed with back-to-back singles.  Things seemed to be at their worst with the bases loaded and no-outs, but De La Rosa was able to get the next two batters out on swinging strikeouts.

But, it then went back to bad as De La Rosa walked in a run on a full-count pitch to Michael Bourn, a pitcher’s worst nightmare.  Jason Bourgeois and Jeff Keppinger both hit singles that resulted in another three-runs for Houston and a 4-0 lead.

With Bourgeois now at third, De La Rosa walked the powerful Carlos Lee which loaded the bases once again for Houston.  Even after relief pitcher Mike MacDougal entered the game to replace De La Rosa, a wild-pitch allowed yet another Astros run.  More than less of Houston’s runs were a result of bad pitching by Los Angeles than great offense on this particular day.

Houston added a pair of runs in the eighth-inning to increase their lead, 7-0 on RBI’s by Johnson and Carlos Corporan.

Los Angeles almost prevented the shut-out in the second-inning, but Jason Bourgeois made an amazing throw from right-field to get Rod Barajas out at home and end the inning.

While zeros were put across the board for the Dodgers, they were able to reach base safely ten times which hopefully is a positive scenario for Los Angeles as they move forward this season.  Maybe it will propel a run-parade this afternoon to end the losing skid and prevent back-to-back sweeps against National League Central foes.

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