Sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way in baseball. And sometimes, you have a guy playing out of position resulting in an extra-innings loss to your division rivals. That was the case for the Dodgers on Friday night in San Francisco.
Going into extras yet again, the Dodgers went with the offensive approach and ended up with Will Smith playing first base. Yes, that Will Smith. The same Will that has not played first base since a college scrimmage game, according to him after the game.
What followed was a throwing error from Trea Turner that arguably should have been caught. Smith came off of the bag on the throw and the Giants walked away with the game 1 win. After the game, Turner talked about the Dodgers’ loss and the bad throw to Smith.
It sucks obviously. We’re playing for a division and these are the guys that we have to track down and beat. So these games are big. It was a battle tonight, a long battle. Just unfortunate we couldn’t come out on top. That play could have given us another chance. I need to make that play.
Smith has played some third base in his big league career, but he’s obviously strictly a catcher. The Dodgers backstop did say after the game that he didn’t feel like it was something he was incapable of.
I feel athletic enough to go play any position on the field. Tonight, they needed me to go over to first base. I wasn’t too out of place over there. Yeah, I’m not a major-league first baseman but I still feel like I can do what’s needed to be done.
Nothing that can be done now, the Dodgers lost and are now down a game in the NL West. Win the rest of the series and all will be forgiven.