After the first losing streak of the season, the Dodgers hope to salvage a series split on the road against the Seattle Mariners. The Dodgers dropped the first game of the brief two-game series Monday night by a score of 4-3. The loss was their second straight defeat.
The Dodgers managed to get to the go-ahead run on base in the ninth inning, but a game-ending double play by Corey Seager shut that down quickly.
Dodger fans held their breath in that ninth, not just because of the game itself, but because star outfielder Mookie Betts was hit by a pitch on the forearm. Betts did stay in the game, but like expected, he is out of the lineup on Tuesday.
Manager Dave Roberts said bruising and swelling are expected but was expecting to know more today. As the day goes on, we will know more.
The Dodgers and Royals are the only two teams that still have not lost a series. For the Dodgers, that streak is on the line today. Although it is a two-game series, the last team to beat the Dodgers in a series was the Colorado Rockies, who took two out of three games in Dodger Stadium last season.
Dustin May gave up a couple of early homers which let the Mariners take early control. May pitched five innings and gave up three runs on four hits, although he did strike out eight batters,
The Dodgers did leave multiple runners in scoring position, as they were 2-for-9 in those situations.
Several at-bats by the Dodgers could have been RBIs if it wasn’t for the outstanding defense of the Mariners.
Julio Urias will get the start Tuesday for the Dodgers. Urias in his last outing went six innings, allowing four earned runs against the Colorado Rockies. So far in the early campaign, he’s posted a record of 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 18 ⅔ innings pitched.
Urias will face Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales. He has not fared well so far this season, having given up seven runs in one start and five runs in another. Gonzales has an ERA of 8.22 in the early season with a record of 1-1.
After Tuesday’s game, the Dodgers will have a day off before starting a four-game home series against the San Diego Padres on Thursday.
The first pitch for Tuesday’s game is at 1:10 p.m. Pacific.