He could potentially sign with an AL team giving him an option to play DH, but his tenure with the Dodgers looks to be over.
Over the same stretch, the Dodgers haven't been much better on the mound, either. That would be a nice little storm that would rattle the heavenly ambiance which this team had. He is now one shy of tying the single-season club record. By the fourth inning, however, it was clear who was in charge.
Of course, Stratton was done for the night.
LHP Clayton Kershaw (16-3, 2.15 ERA) makes his third start for the Dodgers since coming off the disabled list with a lower back strain, having gone 20-9 with a 1.62 ERA in in 39 career games and 38 starts against San Francisco.
After a series of rain delays that didn't allow the game to begin in earnest until 10:50 p.m., the Giants finally prevailed 8-6, taking the lead for good on Hunter Pence's RBI single in the sixth inning. Cody Bellinger (.322), Yasiel Puig (.301), Chris Taylor (.242), Logan Forsythe (.241), Curtis Granderson (.164), Chase Utley (.151) and Yasmani Grandal (.125) have all produced from below average to worst in the league levels. "We have to find a way to win a game". While that's still a.312 average, the combined 23 runners left on base by the team proved costly in the two dropped games. This was evident Sunday night when Francisco Lindor hit what was ultimately the game-winning home run, and did so with a smile on his face. The Dodgers still own the majors' best record at 92-51 and hold a nine-game lead over Arizona in the National League West, but they're beginning a 10-game road trip with definite reasons for concern. Neither of those teams was on pace to challenge the major league record for wins in a season, or being talked about as potentially one of the greatest teams of all time, as this year's squad was before its recent tailspin.
But Darvish has been ordinary and sometimes lousy, lacking command. "He just wanted to put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'I've been there".
The Dodgers will still make the playoffs, and almost certainly win their division. Los Angeles would finish 89-65, four games behind the Reds in the race for the NL pennant.
Arizona is 51-19 (.729) when scoring first this season. Losing the NL West would be a fallout of epic proportions, but after what fans have seen thus far, it cannot be ruled out entirely just yet. And if there isn't a championship at the end of the season, this losing streak will be the only thing most people will ever care to remember.
The Dodgers are the first team in baseball history to win 15 of 16 and then lose 15 of 16. It was all worth it to see the Dodgers drop their 11th game in a row.
Baseball is an up-and-down game.
Potential downside: The lost opportunity against Northern Colorado and a shorter week of practice after the storm leaves the Gators less than ready for their SEC debut. Overall, Los Angeles has lost 15 of 16, including its longest drought since losing 10 straight in 1992. The Dodgers are scheduled to travel cross country Thursday to Washington for a three-game weekend series against the Nationals.
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