Bobby Miller had his scoreless innings streak snapped and the Los Angeles Dodgers were shut out 15-0 by the San Francisco Giants to lose their fourth series of the month. The shutout loss was the Dodgers’ third this season, and the Giants are now on a season-best six-game winning streak.
The 15-run difference also represented the Dodgers’ most lopsided loss of the season, which previously was a 13-0 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 21.
Alex Wood held L.A. to just three hits and collected four strikeouts over five innings in his first start off the 15-day injured list.
Miller’s fifth career start saw a slight uptick in velocity as his fastball touched 101 mph in the first inning. However, there appeared to be somewhat of a tradeoff as Miller’s command dipped in a 20-pitch inning.
Miller bounced back with a quick frame in the second, needing just four pitches. Miller didn’t allow a hit until Brandon Crawford’s chopper deflected off his backside for an infield single to start the third inning.
Nothing came of it but the Giants broke through with a four-run inning in the fifth. Miller’s troubles began with a leadoff walk that turned into a stolen base and saw Luis Matos reach third with one out because of an errant pickoff throw.
That prompted the Dodgers to bring their infield in, which backfired as Brandon Crawford’s soft line drive fell just past second base for an RBI single that broke up the scoreless tie. Miller then hit Casey Schmitt with a pitch and gave up a three-run home run to LaMonte Wade Jr.
It marked the first time in Miller’s young career he allowed more than one run in a start. The Giants’ offensive explosion also snapped Miller’s scoreless streak at 20 consecutive innings.
His troubles carried into the sixth as Crawford hit another RBI single before Miller exited with two runners on. Those were charged to him when Alex Vesia surrendered a pinch-hit grand slam to J.D. Davis.
Miller was charged for a career-high seven runs, which raised his ERA from 0.78 to 2.83.
The Dodgers’ bullpen continued to struggle as the Giants pushed across three more runs in the seventh against Nick Robertson.
Dodgers MLB debuts
Bryan Hudson, who had his contract selected Saturday, entered in the eighth inning for his MLB debut. Hudson was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the third round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
Hudson joined Michael Busch (April 25), Gavin Stone (May 3), Bobby Miller (May 23), Jonny DeLuca (June 7), Nick Robertson (June 7) and Emmet Sheehan (June 16) as Dodgers to make their MLB debut during the 2023 season thus far.
Hudson pitched a scoreless inning in the eighth but then allowed three runs in the ninth.
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