Dodgers Fall to Diamondbacks 6-0, Head to Cincinnati for Three-Game Weekend Series
May 22, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow (31) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a tough 6-0 defeat against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. This marked their second consecutive series loss, as they struggled both on the mound and at the plate. The Dodgers entered the game -270 moneyline favorites according to odds on most of casinos on ToppCasinoNorge. While the Arizona Diamondbacks were +240 underdogs.

Tyler Glasnow, visibly frustrated during his outing, allowed three runs over five innings. His command wavered, particularly in the fifth inning, leading to costly mistakes. “It was fine in the beginning, and that fifth inning, it just got away from me,” Glasnow said. “I think just looking back and trying to take what I did in the first four into my next start and trying to figure out why I was late, and try to wash it and go into the next one.”

Glasnow kept the Diamondbacks scoreless through the first four innings, despite their ability to drive up his pitch count. He recorded 17 swings and misses over five innings, with ten coming from his secondary pitches. However, in the fifth inning, Glasnow struggled with his mechanics, allowing Corbin Carroll to hit a two-run triple. Carroll later scored on a wild pitch from Glasnow.

“That was a big hit by them and obviously was the difference in the ballgame,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You could see Tyler getting frustrated, but we just got to kind of regroup and get ready for that next one.”

The Dodgers’ offense was also a key factor in their loss, as they were shut out for just the third time this season. They went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, missing several opportunities to put runs on the board. “They did a good job,” said second baseman Gavin Lux. “We had some chances to put a couple of runs on the board, and we didn’t. That’s just how baseball goes.”

Before facing the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers had a chance to end a demanding 13-game stretch on a high note. However, they lost two of three games to Arizona, finishing the span with a 7-6 record. “I thought it was gonna be great. You know, we were 7-4 for a minute there,” Roberts commented. “And then the last few games, I just thought we just didn’t play well, didn’t swing the bat, and we lost a series.”

Despite the recent struggles, the Dodgers’ pitching staff had performed well over the previous 11 games, allowing just 32 runs before the two losses to the Diamondbacks. However, their offense showed inconsistency, particularly after Max Muncy was placed on the injured list with a right oblique strain.

The Dodgers, currently 14 games over .500, will look to bounce back as they travel to Cincinnati for a three-game series against the Reds, followed by a trip to New York to face the Mets next weekend. “It’s tough,” Lux said about the recent stretch of games. “It’ll probably be good to have a little day off tomorrow, a travel day, and reset a little bit and just recover.”

Max Muncy Update

Max Muncy resumed baseball activities by taking groundballs on Tuesday following his recent oblique strain, as reported by Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.

The Dodgers placed Muncy on the 10-day injured list last Friday due to a Grade 1 right oblique strain, which he sustained during batting practice before Thursday’s game. According to manager Dave Roberts, Muncy is expected to return sometime during the Dodgers’ road series against the New York Mets. Before his injury, Muncy was hitting .223/.323/.475 with nine home runs and 28 RBI over 167 plate appearances.

Despite his absence, the Dodgers have managed a 4-2 record without him in the lineup.