Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitching looks vulnerable as Milwaukee Brewers complete sweep

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first_imgLOS ANGELES — The days of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu wreaking three days of misery on opponents seemed distant Sunday. The memories of Dan Haren and Josh Beckett throwing six strong innings, not uncommon before the All-Star break, has become the stuff of sepia-toned newsreels.The Dodgers’ starting rotation isn’t exactly in shambles these days, but their 7-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers showed just how far it’s fallen since the season began. Haren (10-10) couldn’t last into the fourth inning Sunday. He allowed six runs — three earned — and snapped his modest two-game winning streak. Though they didn’t pitch poorly, even Greinke and Kershaw were human in losses to the Brewers Friday and Saturday. For at least one player, watching the scoreboard had an adverse affect on his hitting. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I was putting too much pressure on myself on offense,” said shortstop Miguel Rojas, who went 0 for 8 in the series. “We cannot be pleased with the scoreboard when we’re not winning. If we want to win a championship, we have to be able to come back.”By sweeping the series, the Central Division-leading Brewers (70-55) improved to 5-1 this season against the Dodgers (70-56). It was the first time the Dodgers have been swept in a three-game series since September 2013.The Dodgers are 8-9 since Aug. 1. After a day off Monday, they will host the surprising San Diego Padres, who are 10-5 this month. Kevin Correia, Roberto Hernandez and Greinke — winless in his last four starts — are scheduled to start for the Dodgers. That’s not exactly a murderer’s row at the moment.“We were pitching really well for a while and we weren’t scoring any runs,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You all were asking me about our offense. Pitching was good and we weren’t pressing. We were whatever we were. When you don’t score, you don’t score.”Haren suggested that fatigue might have played a role in the Dodgers’ weekend sweep. They have played 20 games in a row without a day off. center_img “I think guys are looking forward to having a day (today) and I think there’s a good chance we come with some good energy on Tuesday,” he said.Sunday wasn’t entirely Haren’s fault.In the second inning, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez dropped a short, catchable throw from Dee Gordon. That led to three unearned runs when Jonathan Lucroy cleared the bases with a double.By that point Milwaukee led 5-0.Haren had pitched well in beating the Angels and Braves in two games prior to Sunday. Against the Brewers, he reverted to the form that allowed him to lose five straight starts surrounding the All-Star break. “It’s just one game,” Haren said. “I have to just regather myself. I’m confident I’m not going to turn into something like before — a couple bad ones in a row. I just have to get back to doing the things that made us successful the last few games.”Step one: Cut down on walks. The 33-year-old right-hander walked three batters Sunday.Carlos Gomez drew a five-pitch free pass to begin the game. Lucroy then hit a two-run home run to give the Brewers a quick 2-0 lead. The Brewers’ catcher finished with five RBIs.Gomez greeted Dodgers reliever Carlos Frias with a towering home run to left field to begin the fourth inning. Frias came back to retire the next 12 batters he faced before giving way to J.P. Howell in the eighth inning.The Dodgers avoided being shut out when Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke led off the bottom of the eighth with back-to-back doubles. Darwin Barney drove in the Dodgers’ second run when Brewers right fielder Elian Herrera lost a fly ball in the sun. That dropped for an RBI double.The Dodgers haven’t lost more than three games in a row this season. To halt the streak, they will rely on Correia and Hernandez, two journeymen whom general manager Ned Colletti plucked from the scrap heap after the non-waiver trade deadline. They’re 3-0 as Dodgers so far.As the Dodgers’ rotation looks increasingly vulnerable, the Brewers’ starters have a 2.46 earned-run average in their last 26 games. Wily Peralta (15-7) is tied for the National League lead in wins after throwing six scoreless innings Sunday. Jeremy Jeffress, a rookie with a 99-mph fastball, ended the game by striking out Yasiel Puig.For a weekend, the Dodgers could only envy the depth of their opponents’ pitching.“They came in here and got us good again,” Mattingly said of the Brewers. “In a sense they came in here and said ‘we think we’re better than you,’ and for these three games they were.”last_img

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