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Dodgers Were Stuck On Tarmac For Hours Coming Home From Road Trip

The Los Angeles Dodgers are off on the wrong foot for their mini-three-game home stand. On Friday night, the Dodgers dropped the first of three against the Colorado Rockies, 4-1.

The offense was putrid, and the same goes for the pitching and defense. The Dodgers didn’t look like themselves, and their adventure back to the West Coast may have had something to do with it.

The Dodgers had a well-needed Thursday off day after spending all of Wednesday night on the tarmac at Newark (N.J.) Liberty International Airport. Their flight was first delayed by weather and then mechanical problems. The team didn’t depart from New Jersey until 5:30 a.m. ET/ 2:30 a.m. PT. They landed in Los Angeles at around 7:30 a.m. PT.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told Los Angeles Times staff writer Mike DiGiovanna that he doesn’t view their delayed flight as an excuse for their troubles on the diamond on Friday.

“We were on the tarmac, I think, for 8 ½ hours, so we got even more familiar with one another,” Roberts said. “Thank goodness we didn’t have to play [Thursday night].

“It was kind of an abbreviated off day, but it’s no excuse. I thought coming in today, our guys were ready. You have to give their guy credit. He pitched a heckuva ballgame.”

Per Dave Roberts via The LA Times

Dodgers relief pitcher Daniel Hudson gave his thoughts on the not-so-fun trip back home.

“That was not fun at all,” veteran reliever Daniel Hudson said. “By the time they got the plane fixed, the pilots got timed out. They brought in another crew from an international flight that didn’t take off, but then they said they were fatigued and couldn’t fly. So they had to call in other backups. It was wild.”

Per Daniel Hudson via The LA Times

Whether or not the Dodgers felt the effects, it was clear they were not ready to play on Friday night against their division rivals. Los Angeles will try to get back to their winning ways on Saturday with their young ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto on the mound.

Photo Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).

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