Dodgers Win Streak Comes to an Abrupt Halt

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The Los Angeles Dodgers win streak was snapped on Sunday afternoon by the New York Mets. Marcus Stroman threw a gem, throwing his 12th quality start of the season. Stroman gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six batters in six innings. David Price made a start for the Dodgers and did not fare as well as Stroman. Price gave up three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four batters but only pitched four innings. The Mets scored all three runs against Price in the first inning, which led to Price having a high pitch count for the remainder of his time in the game. Price threw 75 pitches in his four innings of work. Admittedly, Price could have thrown another inning, but he is still building up his pitch count.

Price’s early exit led to the Dodgers using five relievers, which generally has not been an issue during the winning streak. But it turned out to be an issue in Sunday’s game. Brusdar Graterol was able to evade runs in the two innings following Price. Phil Bickford, who has amassed a 2.39 ERA and 11 strikeouts per nine innings since joining the Dodgers, was not. Bickford pitched the seventh inning and gave up a two-run home run to J.D. Davis. With the Dodgers down 5-2 in the eighth inning, a pair of newer Dodgers debuted with the big league club.

Dodgers Win Streak Snapped And More

Neftali Feliz is a former closer and has recorded saves with four different teams, but the bulk of them came with the Texas Rangers. Feliz saved 93 games for the Rangers over seven seasons with the club. Before this season, the 33-year-old has not pitched in the majors since 2017. He pitched one inning for the Philadelphia Phillies before Sunday’s game and gave up four earned runs. That one inning came in two separate games for the Phillies. But Feliz’s Dodger Debut was excellent. He struck out one batter and did not walk anyone or give up any hits or runs. The same cannot be said for the second Dodger debut of the night.

Shane Greene is also a former closer and has recorded 66 saves with two different teams. All but one of his saves came during his three seasons with the Detroit Tigers. Unlike Feliz, Greene has pitched in the majors in every season since 2014. He was an all-star in 2019 when he pitched to a combined 2.30 ERA for the Tigers and the Atlanta Braves. In Sunday’s game, Greene first got Michael Conforto to pop out to begin the ninth inning, then gave up a single to Brandon Nimmo, then hit both Pete Alonso and Javier Baez to load the bases. Greene’s Dodger debut ended when he walked J.D. Davis to score Nimmo. The Dodgers lost the game 7-2.

With the Dodgers win streak being snapped and the San Francisco Giants beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Sunday, the Dodgers are now 2.5 games behind the rival Giants in the NL West.