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Dodgers' offense missing in action in 4-1 loss to Athletics

Nathan Eovaldi gets little support from his teammates at the plate as Oakland starter Tommy Milone holds the Dodgers to three hits.

June 20, 2012|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Oakland starter Tommy Milone delivers a pitch during the Dodgers' loss Wednesday.
Oakland starter Tommy Milone delivers a pitch during the Dodgers'… (Jason O. Watson / Getty Images )

Some day Nathan Eovaldi will win a game again. Of course, some day just for a change of pace, the Dodgers might actually provide him some offensive support.

As it is, the 22-year-old continues to pitch well, just not well enough to actually walk off as a winner.

His latest dash with frustration came Wednesday in Oakland, where the suddenly anemic offense of the Dodgers failed to do much with left-hander Tommy Milone as the A’s downed the Dodgers, 4-1.

Making his fifth start in place of sore-shouldered Ted Lilly, Eovaldi went six innings, allowing three runs, seven hits and three walks.

He left with a 2.35 earned-run average and an 0-3 record.

The Dodgers’ offense has come to a grinding stop. They had three hits Wednesday, after managing just two hits Tuesday. In their last three games, they have scored one, zero and two runs.

And they had some defensive assistance to even score those.

Wednesday night, they actually scored first before Milone settled down, putting a run across in the second after Juan Rivera singled. Juan Uribe then hit a soft drive to right that Josh Reddick briefly made a nice diving stab of. Briefly, because as he fell, he actually whipped the ball out of his glove.

Unable to hold onto the ball, Uribe was credited with an RBI double. The Dodgers managed just one more hit the rest of the night.

Milone (7-5, and 5-1 at home) was in control the rest of the way. He made it look easy too, continually keeping the Dodgers off balanced.

Milone walked one and struck out two in throwing his three-hitter. It was the first complete game of his career.

Eovaldi made his 1-0 lead hold up until surrendering one run in the fourth after Yoenis Cespedes doubled off the glove of Tony Gwynn Jr., who appeared distracted as Bobby Abreu also chased the ball into the left-center gap. Seth Smith doubled to score Cespedes with the tying run.

The A’s took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth after Eric Sogard singled and Coco Crisp walked. Eovaldi then fielded Jemile Weeks’ sacrifice bunt and mistakenly looked to throw to second. By the time he fired to first, Weeks was safe to load the bases.

Reddick bounced into a double play to score one and Cespedes singled to score a second.

The A’s final run came on a solo homer by Brandon Moss off Scott Elbert.

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