Carlos Frias matched a career high with six innings pitched and lowered his ERA to 2.55 in the Dodgers’ 2-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)
SAN FRANCISCO — When we reflect on today in the coming weeks and months, we probably won’t remember the Dodgers losing 2-0 to the San Francisco Giants. We’ll probably remember Hector Olivera passing a physical (particularly if his elbow becomes an issue in the future) and becoming a millionaire, and Hyun-Jin Ryu going from a “question mark phase” to a “Dr. Neal ElAttrache phase.” The two storylines are potentially related, and you can read about that here.
Don’t judge the book by its cover; the game offered a couple takeaways: One, sometimes good offenses don’t score. Two, Carlos Frias is fun to watch. He’s a rookie. He’s also 24 — not as young as Joc Pederson or even Yasiel Puig, but he’s just as raw as either of them in terms of showing emotion. I explored these truths in tonight’s game story.
The box score is here.
Kiké Hernandez is caught in a rundown between second and third base in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 2-1 loss to the Giants on Tuesday. (Andy Holzman/Staff photographer)
Tonight’s game was a lot like the one the Dodgers played against the Giants last Wednesday in San Francisco. Kershaw-Bumgarner. Low-scoring. Giants win by a run.
It was also a lot like 2013 Clayton Kershaw starts, and 2012, and 2011, when the run support just wasn’t there. This appears to be a recurring theme in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ injuries are not just mounting — they’re getting worse.
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Dodgers third baseman Alex Guerrero, right, has 13 RBIs this season, tied for ninth in the National League. (Associated Press photo)
SAN DIEGO — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said prior to Sunday’s game against the Padres that the team might recall an outfielder from the minors with Yasiel Puig going on the 15-day disabled list.
Reading between the lines, however, it now seems likely that Alex Guerrero will move into a hybrid left field/third baseman role in Puig’s absence.