Dodgers bats flail in 5-2 loss to Oakland A’s

first_imgOAKLAND >> The Dodgers lost to the Oakland A’s, 5-2, on Wednesday. Instead of letting their bullpen waste a winnable game, this time their offense doomed them from the start. The Dodgers collected two hits off A’s starter Jesse Chavez (7-12) in eight innings. At least they made the first one count.With one out in the third inning, Joc Pederson worked a walk. After getting Kiké Hernandez to fly out, Chavez fell behind Jimmy Rollins 2-1. Rollins turned on the next pitch, a fastball over the middle of the plate, and planted it over the right field fence for his 12th home run of the season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Johnson has a 21.00 ERA since he was acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 30.center_img Chavez set down 15 of the next 16 Dodgers hitters, interrupted by a harmless walk, until Hernandez stroked a double to center field with two outs in the eighth inning. Rollins was up next and he struck out on three pitches.That was the entirety of the Dodgers’ offense.Under the circumstances, it didn’t matter much how well anyone pitched for the Dodgers on Wednesday. As it happened, Alex Wood (8-8), Chris Hatcher and Luis Avilan pitched pretty well. Jim Johnson and Pedro Baez did not.Wood got through five innings allowing only two hits and one run; one of the hits was a bunt single. He ran into trouble in the sixth inning, however, allowing three straight hits that saw the A’s take a 3-2 lead. The inning continued a season-long trend that’s seen Wood struggle to retire hitters facing him three or more times in a game.Hatcher retired the only four batters he faced, but Johnson loaded the bases in the eighth inning without recording an out. All three scored, the last run coming off an RBI double by Jake Smolinski against Baez.last_img

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