Coronavirus pandemic’s third wave generates enraging déjà vu

first_img– Advertisement – A nurse attends a protest, organized by the New York State Nurses Association in front of the National Holdings Corporation on May 8, 2020. The nurses protested because congress granted bailouts to corporations and Wall Street billionaires, but not enough for the communities hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis.Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a weekCaroline Chen at ProPublica writes—The Enraging Déjà Vu of a Third Coronavirus Wave. Health care workers don’t need patronizing praise. They need resources, federal support, and for us to stay healthy and out of their hospitals. In many cases, none of that is happening:There’s a joke I’ve seen circulating online, over and over during this pandemic, that goes along the lines of, “Months this year: January, February, March, March, March, March, March…”My lips pull into a smile, but my heart’s not in it. […]As a health reporter covering the pandemic, I’ve experienced too many moments of deja vu. This summer, as the virus swept through the South, news footage of overwhelmed hospitals in Houston turning away ambulances recalled similar scenes from March and April in New York City. Now, we’re in the so-called third wave of the pandemic, with the virus slamming into Midwestern states, and this week, Dr. Gregory Schmidt, associate chief medical officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said his colleagues are converting 16 hospital beds into new ICU beds in anticipation of an influx of COVID-19 patients. “People in leadership are starting to say things in meetings like, ‘I have a sense of impending doom.’” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Dodgers’ offense grounded by Cardinals in shutout loss

first_img“He’s going to be on the bloopers for the next 10 years,” Roberts said. “I actually thought it was going to be a homer off the bat but it kind of hung up there. Apparently, he did too.”It didn’t matter. Hernandez didn’t advance past second base.Stripling could have used some support but his biggest problem was Yadier Molina. The Cardinals catcher had a two-out double in the first inning that drove in two runs – until a replay review turned it into a ground-rule double and saved the Dodgers a run.In the third inning, he did it again. His second two-out double did drive in two and the Dodgers trailed by more than two runs (3-0) for the first time this season.The obligatory Paul Goldschmidt home run in the fifth was just a formality. It was Goldschmidt’s 32nd career home run (and 99th RBI) against the Dodgers – his first as a Cardinal.“They got to Ross,” Roberts said. “I thought he was good, not great.” PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese raises his helmet to fans as he receives a standing ovation from St. Louis Cardinals fans as he comes up to bat during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina follows through on an RBI double during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSt. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina runs after hitting a two-run double during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong gestures toward teammate Yadier Molina, who had scored DeJong with a double during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 9: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Busch Stadium on April 9, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 9: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws out a runner at second base against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning at Busch Stadium on April 9, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong (12) slides home to score next to Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes during the third inning of a baseball gameTuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 9: Paul DeJong #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning at Busch Stadium on April 9, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches his double during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling, right, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson (43) walks to the back of the mound after walking Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy to load the bases during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong hits a double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Caleb Ferguson (64) pitches during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher John Brebbia (60) prepares to pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles DodgersTuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese raises his helmet to fans as he receives a standing ovation from St. Louis Cardinals fans as he comes up to bat during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)ExpandST. LOUIS — Bullies on their own block, the Dodgers lost their lunch money as soon as they left their own neighborhood.The Dodgers ran roughshod over the National League West for the first 10 games of the season, swelling their chests and their OPS. Their first foray out of the division, however, has resulted in their first losing streak of the season after a 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.The Dodgers hit 24 home runs in their first 10 games (a franchise-record to start a season) and scored 84 runs (more than all but two teams in the modern era), winning eight of those 10 games against the Diamondbacks, Giants and Rockies.But they weren’t going to average 8½ runs a night all season. “We were going to try,” Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock said to that. “The Cardinals pitched us pretty tough.”In two games since leaving the divisional nest, the Dodgers have been held to three runs, no home runs and a .194 batting average (12 for 62) while losing two in a row. With runners in scoring position in the first 10 games – seemingly a constant during that opening run – the Dodgers were 31 for 93 (.333). Against the Cardinals, they have gone 3 for 17 (.176). They stranded 13 runners on base in Tuesday’s loss.“One part of the equation is to get guys on base and I thought we did that well,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “The other part is to drive them in. Those guys made pitches when they needed to, made the plays when they needed them.“I think if you’re looking at run production, yeah, you’re not going to run out eight every night. But the at-bat quality – I thought Cody (Bellinger), I thought Max (Muncy) took a lot of good at-bats, I thought JT had good at-bats, Austin (Barnes). So, up and down the lineup, we’re still doing some really good things. Ultimately, if you look out, we’re going to continue to put pressure on guys and score runs.”They started early pressuring Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson but left runners at the corners in the first inning when Pollock and Muncy struck out to end the inning. A line-drive double play short-circuited another budding rally in the third. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers loaded the bases in the fourth and fifth innings. But there were two outs in both cases by the time it got to Ross Stripling (he struck out to end the fourth) and Kiké Hernandez (he did the same in the fifth).“We had some chances, just didn’t capitalize,” Hernandez said. “They made some good pitches. Sometimes you have to give them credit. They stayed off the heart of the plate. They were locating really well tonight.”Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna had a much more difficult time with location. He gifted Hernandez a double to start the eighth inning when his GPS froze.Ozuna raced back to the fence on Hernandez’s deep drive, climbed up then fell on his face coming back down when he realized the ball was going to land on the warning track.“I’m really glad that happened to him. He deserves it,” Hernandez joked about his former teammate in the Marlins’ organization. “He’s my boy, I played with him, but he’s still reminding me every day of the play he made on me two years ago. The only thing that would have made it better is if it hit off his head on the way down.”Hernandez called it “the favorite double of my career” because of the bragging rights it provides.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more