The Los Angeles Dodgers limped their way into the All-Star break. Their second half isn’t off to such a good start either.
The struggling Dodgers look to snap a five-game losing streak as they resume a four-game series with the rival San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers lost 4-3 to the Giants in their first game following the break Thursday. Los Angeles has lost 12 of 17 and is a season-worst nine games below .500.
The Dodgers, who were swept by the Houston Astros heading into the break, have lost three games during their losing streak by two runs or fewer, and have been outscored 25-17 during the slide.
Antonio Perez went 3-for-3 with a run and two stolen bases Thursday for the Dodgers, who opened the season 12-2. However, Los Angeles has suffered a long string of injuries, going 28-47 since their hot start.
The Dodgers’ record at the break was their worst since 1992, when they were 39-49 en route to a 99-loss season.
Pitcher Odalis Perez expressed his discontent after Sunday’s 6-5 loss at Houston. He refused to comment on the remarks Thursday, and manager Jim Tracy said that they would be handled internally.
“When you see a team going in different directions, pitchers pointing fingers at position players and position players pointing fingers at pitchers, you know something is wrong,” Perez said. “This team is doing that.”
Starter Brad Penny was ejected from Thursday’s game in the third inning after he was called out for turning toward second after beating the throw at first. He was immediately tossed after throwing his helmet.
Omar Vizquel hit a three-run homer for the Giants, who have won four of their last six.