Dodgers Suffer 8-3 Loss to Cleveland Guardians After Seventh Inning Upset

Rookie RHP Bobby Miller's Struggles in Seventh Inning Prove Costly for Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers held a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the seventh inning during Tuesday’s match against the Cleveland Guardians. Their hopes were high as they aimed to secure their 18th win of August, a month they had dominated thus far.

Rookie right-handed pitcher (RHP) Bobby Miller took the mound at the start of the seventh inning. However, his efforts were not without challenges. With one out, he allowed two runners to get on base before being replaced. In a strategic move, Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts decided to bring in left-handed pitcher (LHP) Caleb Ferguson to quell the mounting threat. Despite Ferguson’s struggles in high-pressure away games this season, Roberts entrusted him with this crucial moment.

“I went back and looked at it,” Ferguson said. “I made a good pitch to the first guy, the lefty there (Kwan) then made a bad pitch to Calhoun. Things happen. I don’t know. Make better pitches. That’s what it comes down to.”

Via Orange County Register

Ferguson managed to secure one out, but the tides turned against him. He conceded consecutive runs due to RBI singles, adding pressure to the situation. The pivotal moment came when Kole Calhoun, a player recently traded from the Dodgers, stepped up to the plate. With a powerful swing, Calhoun slammed a three-run home run, sealing the fate of the game with an eventual 8-3 victory for the Guardians. The blow left the Dodgers stunned and unable to recover.

Ferguson’s post-game demeanor reflected his disappointment in his performance. The outing elevated his earned run average (ERA) to 2.87 for the year. However, beyond the statistics, the game raised concerns about his effectiveness in the bullpen moving forward. The loss not only highlighted Ferguson’s struggles but also underscored the challenges the Dodgers faced in maintaining their lead during a critical inning.

“I think everybody knows what their job is down there by this time,” Ferguson said. “When you don’t do it, it’s pretty frustrating.”

Via LA Times

In summary, the Dodgers’ 3-2 lead slipped away in the seventh inning as the Cleveland Guardians capitalized on the opportunity. Rookie RHP Bobby Miller’s difficulties and LHP Caleb Ferguson’s struggles came to the forefront, resulting in an 8-3 defeat for the Dodgers. This setback serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of baseball and the need for careful player management during crucial moments.

“You’re always evaluating,” Roberts said. “And as we finish out the season, get into the postseason, you’ve got to have that trust with guys – and not just because they’re supposed to get a guy out. You’ve got to see a track record of consistent success. That goes for all the guys. So until we get to that point, we’re going to keep running them out there and put the onus on them to do their jobs and be successful in the lanes that they’re given.”

Via Orange County Register

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