The Dodgers had an eventful day in Washington DC on Sunday morning. Not only did they have an unusually ordinary start to their final game of the series, but they also had a few close calls at the plate.
Los Angeles had 2 batters get plunked pretty hard in the batter’s box during their win. Austin Barnes got hit by a 94 mph from Joe Ross right in the helm in the 4th inning. Barnes didn’t really flinch at all and jogged down to first base.
Later in the game, Chris Taylor was called out on strikes on a more than questionable call. The Dodgers seemed pretty unhappy with the balls and strikes all day as the zone seemed to be moving. Doc let home plate umpire Mike Estabrook know that he wasn’t happy.
Dave Roberts is on one today and we're extremely here for it. ??? #Dodgers
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 4, 2021
Doc commented on the interaction after the game. He wasn’t too happy with so many of his guys getting hit AND the Nationals pitchers getting the benefit of a wide zone.
That was more of a pitcher that doesn’t have command. And I just felt that if you don’t have command, you can’t help a guy that’s firing the ball all over the place in the zone. CT works a great at-bat and I thought he expanded on the ball down and away. I just felt that you can’t give a guy off the plate if he can’t even command the baseball.
Justin Turner also took a pitch off of his helmet in the 9th inning, just before CT took the called strike 3.
Be there for someone like Dave Roberts is there for Justin Turner ??? #Dodgers
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) July 4, 2021
On a morning where the Dodgers didn’t get a whole lot of sleep, it’s understandable why Doc was fed up with the umpiring crew. We don’t often get to see Dave Roberts with so much fire in him, but he picked a good time for it on Sunday. Barnes and Turner were both fine after the game.