Hill, Dodgers still looking for answers

Hill, Dodgers still looking for answers

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers lefty Rich Hill has been around for a while.

The 13-year veteran, who has played for eight different clubs, said he never experienced the type of 127-game stretch like the Dodgers put together, going 91-36 through Aug. 26. But the southpaw hasn't been on a team that's gone through a 1-15 stretch, which the club is mired in following Sunday's 8-1 loss to the Rockies.

"We've won together and we've lost together," Hill said. "Right now, it's an extremely difficult time."

Hill made mistakes on the mound Sunday, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings, but manager Dave Roberts felt the lefty was good enough to put the Dodgers in position to snap their losing streak, which has reached 10 games for the club's longest since 1992.

"You have to score to win," Roberts said.

Roberts on losing 10 straight

Since Hill's near-perfect game on Aug. 23 vs. the Pirates, the Dodgers have gone 3-16, the worst record in baseball during that stretch.

The Dodgers' lead over the D-backs in the National League West has also dwindled from 21 games to nine. And Los Angeles' lead for the best record in baseball is even smaller, with Washington trailing by four games.

"There are two sides to it," Hill said. "It doesn't sit well with anyone in this room. It's not OK. You have really look at it and say, 'Enough is enough.' We are doing that. Every guy is putting forth the effort every single day. It's not one unit. It's everybody as a whole."

Roberts described the mood in the clubhouse as angry and frustrated. 

"I think the mental [impact] is real," Roberts said. "As far as looking back at two weeks and you win one game, I think that seeps in. Our guys do a good of focusing on that next day. Right now, there's frustration, anger, but I know tonight we get on that airplane and tomorrow we'll be ready to go."

Joshua Thornton 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.