Dodgers News: Mattingly Regrets Decision, Wright Accepts Blame
The Los Angeles Dodgers returned to Chavez Ravine on Friday after a successful nine-game road trip that they finished with a 6-3 record on.
Zack Greinke was back on the mound against his former team that again challenged the right-hander. Greinke threw five scoreless innings but battled control and by virtue a high pitch count.
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Pedro Baez threw two shutout innings of relief before handing the ball over to Jamey Wright, whom manager Don Mattingly indicated could see his role expand. Wright recorded the first out of the eighth by catching a line drive, then failed to record another out.
Following consecutive singles, Scooter Gennett hit an RBI single and the Milwaukee Brewers cut their deficit to 2-1. Khris Davis tied the game with an RBI double and Wright walked Mark Reynolds to load the bases with one out.
Brandon League entered the game and surrendered a bases-clearing double and the Brewers never looked back. Following the loss, Mattingly admitted he would have handled the situation differently if given the opportunity, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
I think if I could look back and do anything different, that’s what I would do,” he said of reversing their use. “Jamey had been throwing the ball good. But if I could do anything different, I think it would’ve been to flip that and give [League] those guys. I think we would’ve use J.P. there. If we used Brandon in the eighth there, I would’ve used J.P. in the ninth.”
While League gave up the go-ahead run, Wright left him in a difficult situation and accepted responsibility for the loss, via Robert Morales of the Long Beach Press-Telegram:
I’m the reason why we lost this game. It doesn’t feel good. It’s one game. Not our first loss and probably won’t be our last. I felt great (physically). You can always go back and second guess. I didn’t throw any curveballs. Everything happened in about 11 pitches.
Despite the loss, the Dodgers remain one game ahead of the Washington Nationals for the best record in the National League and 1.5 games in front of the Brewers. Clayton Kershaw takes the mound Saturday and Dan Haren is scheduled to start in the series finale on Sunday.
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I think the Dodgers would do much better if they could send Mattingly down to Abuquerque.