It’s been a while since we’ve had to say something negative about the Dodgers defensive play. While issues with the glove were part of the narrative for the first half of the season, they really seemed to get things together down the stretch.
Then Saturday night happened. The Dodgers technically committed just 2 errors during their loss on Saturday, but that didn’t tell the whole story. In the bottom of the 4th, Justin Turner threw a ball away that resulted in a run scored. But miscues throughout the game also led to more runs being piled on.
After the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talked about the sloppy play. Doc didn’t sound very happy with the way the guys came out and executed, both with the bats and out on defense.
It wasn’t a well-played game tonight. I think tonight Gallen was just better than we were. I don’t know how else to spin it.
To his credit, Zac Gallen was pretty great against what is supposed to be a very good Dodgers lineup. He struck out 8 and allowed just 1 run on a late solo homerun from Trea Turner. But the defense made sure LA never had the chance to mount a comeback.
The timing absolutely could not have been worse for the Dodgers. With just 7 games left in the regular season, they now chase the Giants by 2 games in the NL West. The opportunity is there, but it’s going to take a lot of good play from their side, and some good luck.
Clean it up, fellas.