Dodgers fall short to Yankees in series finale

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Tyler Glasnow roughed up and offense falls just short late as the Dodgers heads back home after falling to the Yankees on Sunday night.

Tyler Glasnow was roughed up and the Dodgers came up short on offense as the Yankees salvaged a 6-4 victory Sunday night the last game of their series at Yankee Stadium.

Gavin Lux had one of the best games of his season, going 3 for 4 with a run scored. However the Dodgers were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Teoscar Hernandez continued his hot hitting, launching his 16th home run of the season in the sixth inning off of Luis Gil. The Dodgers (41-26) put the tying run on first and the go-ahead run at the plate, but Clay Holmes struck out Mookie Betts to end the game.

Gil had one of his worst starts of the past month, but still got through five innings. He gave up three runs and struck out five while walking one. 

Glasnow was rolling along until he got into trouble in the sixth. A three-run homer by Trent Grisham gave the Yankees the lead and ended the night for Glasnow, who was tagged for five earned runs and two home runs.

Here are the takeaways:

Lux has breakout game

Sunday night was second baseman Gavin Lux’s first three-hit game of the season. He has struggled during the past month, hitting .239 in his last 20 games. 

It has been quite a struggle for Lux over the course of the season, as he is hitting .216 this season. Yet he has seen playing time pretty consistently and finally looked like the “pre-ACL” injury Lux that so many Dodgers fans were expecting.

Another Glasnow bomb

While Glasnow did have his fifth double-digit strikeout game (12), his inability to hold command cost him again. Although his team did not do him any favors, the home-run pitch to Grisham whitewashed the rest of his outing. 

Outside of that, he was as good as he could be in the first five innings, generating 22 whiffs in six innings pitched. Even though he was tagged with five runs, this should be an outing that the Dodgers and Glasnow can build off of. 

Teoscar stays big for Dodgers

Hernandez is hitting .429 with nine hits, four home runs and 10 RBIs in his last five games. Even though Hernandez has been one of the better outfielders in the league throughout his young career, he put his name on a national stage over the weekend. 

This also means the Dodgers can count on his timely hitting as the season continues. He has come up clutch on multiple occasions before this series and had his most clutch performance Saturday, crushing two home runs, sealing the game for the Dodgers. 

Hernandez will be essential to the Dodgers’ offense for the rest of the season, even more so during this current slump.

The Dodgers have a travel day Monday before hosting on the reigning champion Texas Rangers at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. The Rangers haven’t announced a starter, while the Dodgers will send out James Paxton.