Dodgers relievers Hatcher, Coleman shine in loss to Mets
By Jack Baer
LOS ANGELES -- While Noah Syndergaard made sure the Dodgers didn't enjoy victory Wednesday night, the bullpen did deliver another set of scoreless innings to keep the game close. That makes five games in a row the bullpen hasn't allowed a run, a span that includes 15 innings and 21 strikeouts.
However, some contributed to Wednesday's performance more than others. Chris Hatcher and Louis Coleman entered the game with multiple men in scoring position and each delivered the needed outs. It was particularly encouraging for Hatcher, who hasn't allowed a run in May, since being demoted from setup duties at the end of April.
"[Hatcher], his stuff has been there and, mechanically, he's worked on a few things, but that was a huge spot," manager Dave Roberts said after the game. "Second and third, nobody out, to get out of that unscathed was huge for us, his confidence, his continuing to grow. He's throwing up some clean innings."
Coleman later inherited a bases-loaded, two-outs situation in the seventh inning and struck out Eric Campbell looking with a slider, his latest success against right-handers. So far in 2016, Coleman has allowed a .091/.167/.121 line to right-handed batters.
"We've found a nice niche for him," Roberts said. "It's my responsibility to put him in a good situation to have success. Any right-handed hitter in the game, I'll take Louis right now. His slider is as good as anybody's, he's working ahead of hitters, and it's a tough visual."
Collectively, the Dodgers' bullpen leads the NL in ERA and strikeout rate in the last week, going into Thursday, and it hasn't been because Kenley Jansen has eaten innings. Top to bottom, every member of the group is coming off a scoreless inning.
Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.