Dodgers’ skid continues with loss to Nationals in series opener

Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
Glasnow struggles and offense cannot produce with runners in scoring position to continue rut.

LOS ANGELES — A bad pitching performance by Tyler Glasnow and subpar offensive production with runners in scoring position doomed the Dodgers in a 6-4 loss at home.

Glasnow had his worst start as a Dodger and just did not look sharp from the get go, allowing six earned runs over five innings. Although the bullpen did a great job at limiting the damage, the Nationals made Glasnow pay for leaving balls over the plate. 

The Dodger offense went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and could never counteract the Nationals offensive rallies despite two hit days from Max Muncy and Teoscar Hernandez. 

The Dodgers have lost four out of five games and are now 11-8 on the season. 

Here are my three takeaways:

It seemed like none of the pitches that Glasnow threw fooled the Washington hitters on Monday night. One of my concerns with him coming into this year was his command and falling behind early in counts. 

That is exactly what happened against Washington, and although his velocity was normal, his command and execution was way off. Glasnow was tagged for six runs, two walks and two home runs allowed en route to his first loss of the season. 

Not only that, but this now moves his ERA to 3.72 on the season. While there have been flashes of dominance from the right hander, there have also been many inconsistencies.  

When the Dodgers cool off, they cool off hard. Although the averages of most of the top six hitters are still very high, and their stats are among the highest in baseball, there has been a slight cool down by Freddie Freeman and Shohei Ohtani. 

Ohtani is now 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position this season. But, the main issue has to be the seven through nine hitters in the lineup. 

James Outman is hitting .185, Kike Hernandez is hitting .189, Gavin Lux is hitting .157, and Chris Taylor is astonishingly hitting .030. No, that is not a typo. 

There will be plenty of excuses and mentions of the early season, but the Dodgers are going to need some type of production from anyone in the bottom of the batting order. 

Oh, and hey, there is a stud outfielder that continues to mash baseballs in Triple-A by the name of Andy Pages. Just saying…

With Emmett Sheehan being moved around the IL and Bobby Miller being transferred to the IL as well, the Dodgers called up Kyle Hurt and Ricky Vanasco for some help with the staff. Both arms were electric in the spring and were believed to make the team coming out of camp before being sent down. 

Now, Vanasco finally got his chance and delivered. He went two innings of no hit ball with his first major league strikeout. He has a lively arm and most times it looks like it’s all limbs being thrown at the hitter. 

Although this may be a short stint, he could be crucial down the line as a spot starter or long relief as well. 

The Dodgers starter is to be determined with expectations of a bullpen game, while the Nationals will trot out Patrick Corbin. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM PST on Tuesday.