Dodgers Drop Two of Three Games to Giants, Trade for Pitcher Danny Duffy

One day after the Dodgers executed a picture-perfect 8-0 victory against the NL West-leading Giants, the Los Angeles offense went missing once again, this time resulting in a 5-0 defeat. The loss closed a three-game set between the division rivals, with the Giants winning two contests and lengthening their lead to three full games.

The Dodgers mustered just four hits on the afternoon, all singles. AJ Pollock had two of the hits for Los Angeles, while Max Muncy and Austin Barnes added one apiece. The Dodgers had just one runner in scoring position all day after starting pitcher David Price laid down a bunt to advance Barnes to second base in the third inning.

The inconsistencies of the Los Angeles offense from one night to the next have been commonly viewed as the team’s modus operandi for the 2021 season.

Price lasted 4-1/3 innings and 64 pitches in what was “officially” his sixth start of the year. The veteran lefty allowed four earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two San Francisco batters.

Aside from the struggling Victor Gonzalez, the Dodgers bullpen held their own. Gonzalez allowed an earned run on two hits and a walk during the eighth inning, increasing his season ERA to an uncharacteristic 3.65.

Johnny Cueto picked up the win for San Francisco. The veteran righty threw 77 pitches, surrendering four hits and two walks while striking out five.

Austin Slater and Wilmer Flores had two hits apiece for the Giants. Both players scored one run.

Brandon Crawford delivered the big blow of the day for the Giants on a ground-ball double to left field that scored Mike Yastrzemski and Donovan Solano.

Next up for the Dodgers is a three-game series against the Diamondbacks on the road beginning Friday.

Dodgers Acquire Danny Duffy

In other news, Los Angeles threw its name back into the summer trade action when the club reached a deal with the Royals for veteran starting pitcher Danny Duffy.

The lefty Duffy is currently sitting on the 10-day disabled list with a sore forearm, which would seemingly put him right at home with the injury-riddled Dodgers.

Current indications are that Duffy might need three to four more weeks to heal, allowing him to return to action sometime in late August.

The 32-year-old Duffy is in the last year of a five-year/$65 million deal he originally signed with the Royals in 2017.

Before his injury, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Duffy posted a 4-3 record with a 2.51 ERA, 3.38 FIP and 1.213 WHIP alongside 65 punchouts and 22 walks over 12 starts and an even 61 innings of work.

Duffy has a vast repertoire of pitches, but he mainly uses a fourseam, slider and change along with an occasional curve.

According to Brooks Baseball, Duffy’s heater this season topped out as high as 94.6 MPH in June.

The Royals will receive a player to be named later in return.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Duffy, the Dodgers designated outfielder DJ Peters for assignment.

When Will the Dodgers Find Consistency and Will It Be Too Late?

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Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers are finding things very frustrating at the moment. Sure, the team has the second-best record in the majors and are just coming off of a World Championship. But they could and should be doing so much better.

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A Look at the Los Angeles Dodgers ‘Adequate’ First Half

Before the 2021 MLB trade deadline is upon us, before the issues with the starting rotation sort themselves out, let’s take a look back at what was the first half of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season.

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Dodgers Sweep Nationals Amid 9-Game Winning Streak

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Although it was one of the most enduring series of the 2021 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers dug deep, finding a way to steal all four games from the Washington Nationals on Independence Day weekend.

Because of Trevor Bauer’s placement on administrative leave by the MLB on Friday, the Dodgers were forced to employ yet another bullpen game in the season finale on Sunday.

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Thoughts on Dodgers/Padres Series, Looking Ahead to Cubs Matchup

“We got outplayed.”

These words uttered by Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts after being swept by the Padres succinctly described what happened to his team while they were in San Diego. They got outplayed, in all facets of the game.

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Braves Handle Dodgers in Latest Road Series

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Backed by six strong innings from lefty starter Max Fried, the Braves held off the Dodgers 4-2 in Sunday afternoon’s finale, winning the weekend series two games to one in the process.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Padres Series, Injury Updates, More

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For most teams in baseball, sitting where the Los Angeles Dodgers are right now would be a thing of beauty and excitement. For most fans of the Dodgers, coming off their first series loss of the year, and to the San Diego Padres no less, it’s anything but fun.

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Dodgers Face Mariners for Two Games Before Round 2 with Padres

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Well, that was a fun weekend series, wasn’t it? The first three games of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres NL West showdown brought a little bit of everything – great pitching, extra innings, benches clearing, and everything in between.

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5 Things We Learned from Dodgers’ Initial Series with Padres

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With all the hype that surrounded this weekend’s Dodgers vs. Padres series, one would have thought it was smack-dab in the middle of the 2021 National League playoffs. Indeed, the first game of the extravaganza truly lived up to all the publicity with 12 innings of excitement, but by the time the smoke settled on the entire series, the Dodgers came out on top, although San Diego showed why they might be eventual playoff contenders with a late comeback in the finale.

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Dodgers to Watch – Kenley Jansen and Zach McKinstry

After the first 10 games of the 2021 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sitting pretty at 8-2, the best record in all of Major League Baseball.

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