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Dodgers Postgame: L.A. Gives Away Nightcap in Sloppy Defensive Mess

After mounting a furious comeback to win the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Dodgers were unable to repeat their magic in the nightcap, losing to the Diamondbacks, 5-2, in a game marred by terrible defense.

Tyler Anderson took the loss after allowing two hits and no earned runs in six innings, with four errors helping the DBacks to score three unearned runs off him. Of course, two of those errors were by Anderson himself, so he was part of the problem in the field. On the mound, Anderson lowered his ERA to 2.52, fourth-best in the National League.

Sloppy defense

Arizona scored their first run with two outs in the second inning on a grounder to Trea Turner that should have been an inning-ending fielder’s choice. Turner double-clutched and then threw the ball into right field, allowing an unearned run to score.

In the sixth inning, the Dbacks loaded the bases with no outs on two hit batters and an error on Anderson. After a strikeout for the first out, Carson Kelly hit a sacrifice fly to right-center field. Mookie Betts made the catch and fired to third base, but Max Muncy was unable to handle the throw, allowing a second run to score on the play. Anderson, backing up the play, fired home and threw it past catcher Will Smith, allowing the runner who started on first base to end up on third.

“It’s hard to win a baseball game when you give up outs, give up bases,” manager Dave Roberts said after the game. He has a point.

Max Power

The only two Dodger runs came on a two-run homer from Max Muncy in the bottom of the sixth inning. At the time, the home run pulled the Dodgers within a run.

It was the first two runs Drey Jameson has allowed in his big-league career.

Up next

The Dodgers and DBacks continue their series on Wednesday at 7:10 pm PT at Dodger Stadium. Dustin May will face off against Madison Bumgarner.

Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. They don’t sign pitchers for their fielding. At least Anderson can’t blame anyone else. Ugh!!!

  2. I don’t believe that it will get worse. Btw, am I the only one a little bit concerned about clinching the home field advantage all through post season? I know it’s gonna happen …. but ….

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