Dodgers lose to Nationals 4-1, as playoff hopes dwindle
The Los Angeles Dodgers saw their playoff hopes take another hit on Thursday night, as they lost to the Washington Nationals 4-1, managing just four hits in the process.
The Dodgers now sit three games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League’s second wild card spot, while the streaking Milwaukee Brewers, who are now 2.5 games out, climbed ahead of Los Angeles in the race. The Dodgers record in September is now 7-10, with the team posting a mediocre 24-29 mark since July 23rd, according to the Los Angeles Times.
On Thursday night, Nationals’ pitcher Ross Detwiler befuddled Los Angeles, giving up just three hits and one earned run in six innings. Dodgers starter Chris Capuano struggled for five innings, allowing two runs each to score in the third and fourth frames.
When asked if he felt a playoff spot was slipping away, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the AP, “You know, honestly, it does. It feels like it is a little bit, and I don’t think there’s any way for us to look at it other than that.”
Los Angeles travels to Cincinnati on Friday, looking for a spark against the NL Central leading Reds.