The Dodgers get two big reminders of what it costs to trade with the Citizens in an 8-3 loss

The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts had a first-half home lead as Washington Nationals quarterback Josiah Gray and catch Qubert Ruiz, both former potential Dodgers, watched Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. (Mark J. Terrell/The Associated Press)

Josiah Gray And the Kibert RuizUber prospects Dodgers It was traded a year ago to acquire Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, and Kanna Washington citizens‘Tuesday night battery.

Watching them toil for the last-place citizens of 8-3 win over the DodgersThe questions were obvious even though the answers were not. At least not yet.

Which team won the deal? Or was it a wash?

At the time, it seemed like a steal for the dodgers. But they didn’t make it to the world championships and Scherzer didn’t sign. Turner, the free agent after this season, is playing at the most valuable player level, but doesn’t the Dodgers need to win the World Championship for the deal to be worth giving up on the top two odds?

Gray, throwing the starter with electric things, hits more than one mixture in each run and gives less than a hit in each run. Ruiz, a catcher hitting the switch, is solid defensively and makes contact at a high rate from both sides of the board. Both are under the team’s control until 2028, and are the cornerstones of the Citizens rebuilding plan.

However, they have one major flaw: Gray gives up on a lot of household chores. Ruiz doesn’t hit enough of them.

Gray was touched in an amazing 42 home runs in 167-2/3 career runs. He was greeted by the Mookie Betts with a blast of 404 feet into center field in the first half on Tuesday — for the 14th time in the 18th start of the season, Gray gave in to a home run — and Cody Bellinger hit a high drive to the right in the first pitch of the fifth inning.

Bates thwarted a Nationals goal in the fifth inning when he threw Victor Robles over the board in a Josh Bell double, but the defense hit the Dodgers in eighth.

The inning began with second baseman Gavin Locks making a throwing error, and Luis Garcia beat loyalist Garrett Clevenger on throws 0 and 2 with two to give Washington a 4-3 lead.

“I let him down a bit,” Cleavinger said. “Hang it in a bad place.” Referring to Lux’s mistake, Clevenger said, “It happens to everyone. We are all human. The next 100 times he will play this play.”

Cleavinger was called up from Triple A before the match to give what manager Dave Roberts called a “new arm”. Roberts stayed with him at nine because he wanted to give several other sedatives last night, and the Citizens scored four lock-ups.

Ruiz, who hits 249, led in one of those runs with a single hit. However, he has only three home runs in 310 matches. He doesn’t hit often but often has poor contact on courts outside of his hitting zone.

Mookie Betts of the Dodgers sends a kiss toward the crowd as Keibert Ruiz of the Washington Nationals watches.

Dodgers’ Mookie Betts sends a kiss toward the crowd after hitting home solo as Washington Nationals’ Caibert Ruiz watches during the first half on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. (Mark J. Terrell/The Associated Press)

Regardless of their long-ball shortcomings, Roberts holds Ruiz and Gray in great respect.

On Gray: “I like Josiah a lot. What stands out is the Fastball. It’s a unique fastball. It’s a low armhole, there’s a spike and there’s a slider in there. He was really good against right-handed hitters and had a tougher time against left-handed hitters.”

About Ruiz: “Quebert is going to be a really good player for a long time. The main thing for him is to do the hunting missions and get to know the shooters. There was not much strength at all, but he has elite skills from bat to ball from both sides of the board.”

The Dodgers and Nationals may be working on another massive trade before this year’s trade deadline of August 2. Washington is considering offers for star Juan Soto and the Dodgers have tempting young players to swing into a deal.

If that happens, the Dodgers must win another World Championship or three before Soto becomes a free agent after the 2024 season. And the Nationals must rebuild successfully around a slew of prospects.

It should be easy to determine anything less than which team, the winner and the loser.

Dodgers change Taylor’s tone

Several weeks ago, Roberts made it clear that valuable companion Chris Taylor would only play off the field for the rest of the season due to concerns about his right elbow, which was surgically repaired during the rest period.

Taylor then made it onto the July 5 list with a broken foot, and is now about to go on a minor league rehab assignment.

Will he just play on the field or will he mix in a second base? Did the dodgers change their position?

“We have the sense that a lot of it was elbow driven and giving her time to heal,” Roberts said. “We just feel he can handle different arm angles on and off the court, so having him take the floor on the court gives us more options.

“I don’t think there are a lot of downsides to Chris redefining the second rule.”

And if the Dodgers acquire Juan Soto on the trade deadline, Taylor won’t have an outside spot. Reminding Roberts of this possibility, he laughed and said, “That’s right, that’s right.”

Henny to give it back

Left-handed Andrew Henney will make his fourth start of the season and first since June 19 when he takes the hill against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Heaney made two very effective starts early in the season before missing two months with left shoulder pain. His comeback only lasted once, when he was dominant again but got hit in the shoulder again.

At 15-1/3 runs over three rounds, he gave up one run while hitting 23. His ERA is 0.59.

Roberts said Heaney will be limited to 75 stadiums on Wednesday. Heaney has only appeared twice against the Nationals in his nine-year career, giving up four runs in seven innings.

This story originally appeared Los Angeles Times.

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