Dodgers News: Don Mattingly Not Over-Analyzing AT&T Park Struggles

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are 2-5 this season against the San Francisco Giants this season, including 0-4 at AT&T Park. Across the four games played at the Giants’ home stadium, the Dodgers have combined to score a lowly six runs and were shutout Tuesday night.

The lack of offensive production isn’t necessarily a result of minimal opportunities. Joc Pederson hit a leadoff double in the first inning Tuesday, the Dodgers loaded the bases in the seventh and had the go-ahead run come to the plate at the ninth. They were turned away each time.

While the Dodgers offense was also held to one run over the last two home games, manager Don Mattingly credited the Giants’ pitching staff and discussed the difficulty in hitting at the water-adjacent stadium, via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:

We haven’t been able to solve the 2015 riddle here yet,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Obviously, you’ve got to give those guys credit. They’ve made pitches. They’ve got a good staff. The ballpark is a tough park. You’ve got to hit it to get it out of here. And obviously, when you come to San Francisco, you’re playing in different (weather) conditions.

Mattingly also said he isn’t spending too much time belaboring the issue:

Don’t try to analyze it too much. Obviously, we haven’t been able to do enough to win a ballgame here yet.”

The Dodgers are hitting .205/.300/.295 this year in six games at AT&T Park. Adrian Gonzalez is 2-for-12 there, Yasmani Grandal 0-for-12 and Howie Kendrick 1-for-14. Next up on the schedule is Tim Lincecum, who held the Dodgers to one run on five hits the last time he faced them at home.

Lincecum wasn’t nearly as effective at Dodger Stadium six days later, allowing four runs on eight hits in four innings. The Giants enter Tuesday’s game with a four-game winning streak.


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