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Dodgers learn Daniel Hudson is out for year, then bullpen falters in loss to Braves

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Marcell Ozuna of the Braves watches his two-run homer in the eighth inning on June 25, 2022.  Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes is on the right.
Braves’ Marcell Ozuna and Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes watch Ozuna’s successful two-run home run off reliever Brousdard Graterol in the eighth inning. The explosion gave Atlanta a 5-3 victory. (Bob Andres/Associated Press)

Saturday afternoon Dodgers learned that they would be without a figurehead Daniel Hudson until the end of the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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Later that night, they were reminded how much they would miss him.

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Returning from a three-time deficit earlier in the game against the Atlanta Braves, Dodgers 5-3 defeat was secured during the high leverage episode, which, had he still been healthy, would have likely gone to Hudson.

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Tied at the top of the eighth, the Dodgers called for a hard right hand throw Brousdard Graterol from the bullpen.

With two batters later, the Braves regained the lead, with Graterol giving Travis d’Arnot a double before throwing a slider into the area that Marcel Ozuna lost a two-run home run.

“I liked Brousdard in this place” manager Dave Roberts said later.

However, in an instant example of the problem ahead for the Dodgers’ short-handed bullpen, it was also a spot that would have suited Hudson better before.

The Dodgers were already short of key pitchers. Blake Trains and Tommy Kanle, seasoned right-handers who likely won’t return due to injury until the final third of the season.

Other deep works like Danny Duffy and Victor Gonzalez won’t be back until at least August as well.

In their absence, Hudson has risen to the role of frontman/firefighter, often facing the toughest part of the opposing lineup in the last innings to help close the gap to get close. Craig Kimbrel in the ninth.

Not only was his 2.22 ERA the third-highest in the Dodgers’ bullpen behind Evan Phillips and Yancy Almonte, but Hudson had the second-best WHIP, the most holds, and the third-best strikeout percentage.

“I was pretty good at throwing the ball and helping us win games,” said Hudson, who was injured on Friday, underwent a scan on Saturday that confirmed the tear, and will likely return to Los Angeles to undergo surgery that will be accompanied by gap. recovery process from six to nine months. “This is by far the most disappointing part.”

Roberts added, “When you lose a guy like Huddy, it has an exponential impact on everyone.”

The first three pitchers the Dodgers called on Saturday stepped up. After starter Mitch White — who stood in for an injured Andrew Heaney — gave up two tries in the third and came out with two boards and no strikeouts in the fifth, southpaw Alex Vesia limited the injury to just one more run.

Dodgers starting pitcher Mitch White throws to an Atlanta Braves slugger on June 25, 2022.
Dodgers starter Mitch White gave up three runs and five hits in four innings. (Bob Andres/Associated Press)

In sixth, veteran David Price set a season-high speed, hitting nearly 96 mph during a zero performance. In the seventh, Phillips went out of action in order.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers offense initially struggled with Max Friedwhom Roberts named the best left-handed pitcher in baseball after the game.

“It’s an electrical thing,” Roberts said. “He always seems to do better against us.”

Braves left-hander Max Fried plays against the Dodgers on June 25, 2022 in Atlanta.
Braves left-hander Max Fried, a former Harvard-Westlake standout, gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out nine. (Bob Andres/Associated Press)

However, in the seventh inning, the Dodgers (44–26) finally came to life. With two outs and two strikeouts, Cody Bellinger narrowly missed a home run that moved out of right field, but still managed to hit an RBI single.

After Fried left, Austin Barnes also singled out a home run before Trea Turner drew a walk to load the bases.

It brought Freddy Freeman to the plate. Up to this point, Freeman’s second night back home in Atlanta had been quiet. But given the chance to put his new team ahead, the former Braves star was booed by his old fans.

“I’m on the away team,” Freeman said, unsurprised by the crowd’s reaction. – You expect it.

The whistle turned to applause four pitches later, when Freeman fell, swaying.

The Dodgers eventually tied the game in eighth place when Will Smith hit his 11th home run of the year and went 3–3.

Will Smith of the Dodgers is congratulated in the dugout after he tied a homer in the eighth inning on June 25, 2022.
Will Smith of the Dodgers is congratulated in the dugout after he tied the score on a single home run in the eighth inning. (Bob Andres/Associated Press)

But in the bottom half of the innings — a situation Roberts said would probably have belonged to Hudson — Graterol allowed the Braves (42-31) to come back to the lead, leaving the slider too high for Ozuna, who hit the Braves’ center. bullpen field.

“They gave me confidence in my abilities and I tried to take advantage of that,” Graterol said. “Anything happens, and there are good and bad days.”

The Dodgers, who in yet another cruel twist of fate closed defeat when their exes grew closer, Kenley Jansenstruck out a sidebar for his 20th save of the season – one can only hope for more.

“We’re going to find out who this guy is to close the gap to a closer one,” Roberts said. “Lose [Hudson]it’s a big loss.”

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.


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