Dodgers’ bats go cold in series finale against Giants

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Late rally comes up short as Dodgers head back home after successful road trip

After rapping 24 hits the previous two nights combined, the Dodgers were held to seven hits in a 4-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Oracle  

The Nos. 1-4 spots in the Dodgers batting order got the only hits and they left 11 runners on base (0 for 5 with runners in scoring position). Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman had two hits each, but rest of the order was unproductive. 

Dodgers right-hander Elieser Hernandez made his first start and kept them within striking distance. He went six innings and gave up three runs as the team used two pitchers in the game (Eduardo Salazar threw the seventh and eight innings).

The Dodgers fell to 29-16 on the season and first in the National League West.  

Here are three takeaways:

Bats go silent

While sometimes it seems the Dodgers are unstoppable, they are human. After a 10-run victory over the Giants on Tuesday, the bottom of the order went extremely cold Wednesday. 

Every hitter after Will Smith went a combined 0 for 18. 

Betts and Ohtani got on base in the ninth inning against Giants closer Camilo Doval, Freddie Freeman and he promptly grounded out to end the rally and the game.

Two Dodgers make debuts

Hernandez and Salazar might not be familar to Dodgers fans but they showed some promise in the series finale.

Hernandez had played in 91 major league games coming in. While he did give up three earned runs, he threw 91 pitches.

That said, he allowed a two-run home run in the third inning to Mike Yastrzemski that proved to be the game-winning hit.

Salazar looked dominant, holding the Giants scoreless in two innings. If Salazar gets another opportunity, I would be intrigued to see him stay up and maybe earn a spot in this now lethal bullpen.

Something new for Outman?

Outfielder James Outman was one of the bright spots for the Dodgers last season and looked like a guy that could be a star. Since August he has been in decline. 

This season he is hitting .151 and looks lost at the plate. In April he posted a .188 average and now in May he has dropped to .080. 

While Outman’s defense has been above average, his bat has declined severely. A demotion to the minor leagues could be coming soon, especially with Miguel Vargas (.290, eight homers, 34 RBIs) swinging a hot bat for Triple-A Oklahoma City. 

The Dodgers return home at 7:10 p.m. Thursday to open a four-game series with the Reds. Dodgers right-hander Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 2.53 ERA) will take the mound against Reds left-hander Brent Suter (0-0, 3.96).