There wasn’t much to write home about for the Dodgers in Sunday’s road loss to the Royals.
Although lefty starter Tyler Anderson threw seven decent innings of three-run ball, the Los Angeles offense was non-existent in the 4-0 loss, generating just a double from Mookie Betts, a single from Chris Taylor and a handful of walks. The Dodgers’ first hit of the day didn’t come until Taylor’s single in the fifth.
Although the inning could have been much worse, the Royals scored another run when Vinnie Pasquantino drove home Nicky Lopez with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the third, extending the lead to 2-0.
In the sixth, Pasquantino scored when Kyle Isbel singled to center, stretching the lead to three. And, in a fitting end to the afternoon, reliever Craig Kimbrel allowed a solo homer to Pasquantino in the eighth, seemingly doing everything he could to keep his ERA on the north side of 4.00.
The loss ends what was the best stretch of the season for the Dodgers, having won 12 straight and 15 of their last 16. At the end of Sunday’s games, Los Angeles maintains a full 16-game lead over the second-place Padres in the NL West.
Over the next few weeks, most of the team news will undoubtedly surround injuries and how some of the players perform when they return from the injured list. While there are still plenty of gray areas, we do know that Dustin May will make his final rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday evening, preparing for his return to the majors on August 20 against the Marlins.
On Friday night, both Brusdar Graterol and Blake Treinen made appearances for OKC against Round and could see action again following May’s appearance on Sunday. In Friday’s affair, Treinen only needed nine pitches to throw a perfect sixth inning, striking out one. Graterol threw 14 pitches in the seventh, allowing just a walk, also striking out one batter.
Additionally, lefty veteran Clayton Kershaw spoke to reporters on Saturday saying he “knows what he needs to do to get ready for October,” which could be a positive sign indicating he’s on the right track for a recovery.
Up next for the Dodgers is a tough four-game road series against the Brewers, who are in a tight battle with the Cardinals in the NL Central division race.