The Dodgers had a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday, needing just a few more innings to move to 18-2 in this dominant month of August.
Rookie RHP Bobby Miller was given the beginning of the seventh, but allowed two runners to reach with one out before being pulled. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts elected to go with LHP Caleb Ferguson to put out the fire, despite his struggles on the road in high-leverage situations this season.
Ferguson was able to record one out, but then gave up back-to-back RBI singles before serving up a three-run home run to recently-traded Dodger Kole Calhoun, which turned out to be the final dagger in the Dodgers’ eventual 8-3 loss.
“I went back and looked at it,” Ferguson said. “I made a good pitch to the first guy, the lefty there (Kwan) then made a bad pitch to Calhoun. Things happen. I don’t know. Make better pitches. That’s what it comes down to.”Via Orange County Register
Ferguson was not happy with himself after the performance.
“I think everybody knows what their job is down there by this time,” Ferguson said. “When you don’t do it, it’s pretty frustrating.”Via LA Times
This appearance raised Ferguson’s ERA to 2.87 on the year, but more importantly, warmed his seat in the Dodgers’ bullpen moving forward.
“You’re always evaluating,” Roberts said. “And as we finish out the season, get into the postseason, you’ve got to have that trust with guys – and not just because they’re supposed to get a guy out. You’ve got to see a track record of consistent success. That goes for all the guys. So until we get to that point, we’re going to keep running them out there and put the onus on them to do their jobs and be successful in the lanes that they’re given.”Via Orange County Register
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