LOS ANGELES -- It seemed like only yesterday when his Dodgers had won 31 of 35, so Dave Roberts summed up Friday night with the insight of a manager of the year."You're not going to win them all," he said after a 12-3 wipeout by the Braves that was the
LOS ANGELES -- It seemed like only yesterday when his Dodgers had won 31 of 35, so Dave Roberts summed up Friday night with the insight of a manager of the year.
"You're not going to win them all," he said after a 12-3 wipeout by the Braves that was the second loss in a row for the Dodgers, largest margin of defeat of the season and first loss of the year for Alex Wood. "No panic here."
Wood (11-1) had an unlucky two-run first inning, was charged with a two-run error in the third and allowed a grand slam to opposing pitcher Jaime Garcia in his shortest start (4 2/3 innings) since April 10. Wood was handed his first loss since May 30, 2016, allowed a career-high nine runs (seven earned) and served up a season-high nine hits.
"Didn't have command like normal, I didn't execute and they have a quality lineup," Wood said of the club that traded him to the Dodgers two summers ago. "They didn't help me out a whole lot. It was a tough one."
Wood, who had elbow surgery last year and spent time on the disabled list this year with a sternum strain, said he felt "normal" warming up and throwing, although he walked a season-high four (one intentionally). In two starts against his former club, Wood and the Dodgers have been handed losses of 8-1 and 12-3.
"Woody, it wasn't his best stuff," Roberts said. "You look back, a popup that wasn't caught, lost in the twilight (by first baseman Cody Bellinger). An 0-2 heater to the pitcher that you don't expect was the difference in the game. Woody hasn't had an outing like that all year."
That's why Wood was a 2017 All-Star and had gone from a reliever at the start of the season to essentially the No. 2 starter behind Clayton Kershaw.
"For me, getting behind and I didn't execute," Wood explained. "I didn't have that consistency I've had all year, didn't have it across the board and they did a good job battling. I felt normal, good, felt confident. Just one of those nights.
"Stats wise, you wish it wasn't as big of a difference. But a loss is a loss. They kicked our butts the first two nights, so you hope [Rich Hill] and [Kershaw] can right the ship the next two days."
Roberts said Wood, like his club, needs to turn the page and get back on track. The Dodgers' longest losing streak this year is three games.
"One of those games you just want to put it out of your mind as soon as possible," Roberts said. "We enjoyed that (31-4) ride. We look back at the last month, what we accomplished, it's pretty dang phenomenal, and when you lose two games and it doesn't look pretty -- but that's what happens across baseball. Teams that can turn the page, win a game and change that narrative."
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.