Dodgers Drop a Game in Arizona With Sloppy Defense
It never feels good to lose games, but dropping one to the lowly Diamondbacks hurts a little more. But that’s what the Dodgers did on Tuesday night despite jumping out to an early lead. Tony Gonsolon was cruising to start things off before running into a bunch of trouble in the 3rd inning.
The Dodgers did have a great start though, with Will Smith splitting the gap in the outfield and driving in a pair to get things going. Gonsolin would finish out his day with 2 earned runs across 4 innings of work, including 5 punchouts.
Clear the bases, @will_smith30! pic.twitter.com/Bah6DW7F7w
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 27, 2022
Plays That Matter
One error in the bottom of the 3rd really hurt the Dodgers. With runners at second and third after a wild pitch, Gavin Lux got an easy groundball hit to him at second base. But somehow he botched the throw and threw it towards the dugout. That play allowed two to score in the inning and Arizona would eventually tie up the game.
In the 8th inning, Brusdar Graterol came on to face the Diamondbacks hoping to keep the tie. After a leadoff walk, he gave up a 2-run shot to David Peralta. That put the Dodgers behind for good and they would go on to lose the second game of the series.
Up next, Julio Urias will get the ball in the rubber match on Wednesday afternoon. He faces off against Zac Gallen, who has been on a red hot start to the 2022 season.
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Don’t forget the sloppy base running
And Roberts’ stupid decision making.
And tell me, am I crazy in thinking Mookie Betts is a disappointment in his being able to bring in runs when needed? He seems to be rather impotent when he’s in a pressure situation at the plate, striking out or hitting into a double play. My son actually predicts correctly a lot of times when Betts gets into the batter’s box with runners in scoring position and at a time when the Dodgers need some run production in a critical moment that Betts is going to either strike out or hit into a double play. Is this guy really worth the money?