The Boston Red Sox rolled into Chavez Ravine on Friday seemingly unaware of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ barreling train of momentum. After holding the Dodgers to just two runs in the series opener and loss, the Red Sox would only allow the Dodgers to score a total of three runs in the next two games as Boston took the series two games to one.
The Dodgers have now lost four out of their last eight games, despite winning four games in a row over that stretch. With the losses against Boston this weekend, the Dodgers lost their first series since losing to the Pirates on June 16. Since that series, the Dodgers had not lost in 18 consecutive series. During that span, the Boys in Blue had won 14 series – including seven series sweeps – and tied four.
The series loss against the Red Sox came at just the right time for the Dodgers. Los Angeles had been on fire for way too long and a little bit of deflation back to earth will do the Dodgers some good heading into the playoffs. This series was a good reminder for Don Mattingly and his club that there are good teams out there that will not lay down without a fight. With 32 games remaining in the regular season, the Dodgers are primed to get back on track and roll full steam ahead into the playoffs.
Finally, to those who already have and will continue to overemphasize the series loss and its potential playoff implications, Dodgers blogger Greg Zakwin tweeted a humorous, yet insightful thought:
Oh my god, the #Dodgers lost a series in which Kershaw/Greinke didn’t pitch. Totally worried for the postseason series in which that occurs.
— Greg Zakwin (@ArgyledPlaschke) August 26, 2013
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