LOS ANGELES ― Dustin May gave the Dodgers equal parts cause for optimism and cause for concern in the sixth leg of his comeback from Tommy John surgery.
For an optimist, Maye’s talent — a five-ball arsenal backed by a 100-mph fastball — continued to impress after his return from season-ending elbow surgery in May 2021. For a pessimist, the Dodgers’ 6-1 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Wednesday night showed how an episodic May team and one big hit can lead to a one-sided defeat.
May (2-3) allowed seven hits and five runs in four innings. He walked two batters and struck out another. The Dodgers went on a three-game losing streak from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, but will snap a two-game losing streak in Thursday’s series finale.
The Dodgers’ meager offense left May (2-3) almost no path to victory. Mookie Betts’ solo home run against Madison Bumgarner (7-15) was their only hit until the ninth inning. The loss itself, however, meant little other than it reduced the Dodgers’ chances of tying the all-time record for regular season wins (117).
The more pressing issue was Maye, a potentially big part of the Dodgers’ five-man October rotation. He has allowed no runs or one earned run in his three starts since being activated from the injured list. He has a 9.00 ERA in his other three starts.
The Diamondbacks led 2-0 when they loaded the bases in the fourth inning after two walks and a hit. Up came Corbin Carroll, who correctly hunted a first-pitch fastball and lined it in the outfield for a bases-clearing double.
May completed the inning, but then gave way to Chris Martin, who took the win.
Arizona used a walk, a stolen base and an RBI single by Christian Walker to score solo runs in the first and third innings.
Bumgarner, a veteran left-hander, was May’s complete opposite. He retired the first nine batters in order before giving up Betts’ 35th home run of the season to start the fourth inning. He had one hit and struck out five in six innings.
The Dodgers (103-46) got just three more baserunners the rest of the way, never threatening to overcome an early deficit.
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