The Dodgers stumbled through a doubleheader Tuesday of 2 strangely comparable video games with starkly various results.
The opener took three-plus hours starting at twelve noon, and the Dodgers ultimately advanced from flat to focused, blowing up for 5 runs in the 8th inning to edge the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 at Dodger Stadium.
Another three-plus hours passed prior to the 2nd video game started, and once again the Dodgers fell back early, surrendering their 3rd unearned run of the day in the 2nd inning and 2 more in the 6th, providing a season-high 4 mistakes in the video game — and 6 in the doubleheader.
Max Muncy struck a two-run crowning achievement in the 6th however Ketel Marte addressed with a solo shot in the seventh, keeping the Diamondbacks ahead. Muncy showed up in 8th and burnt a line drive with 2 out and a runner on, however best fielder Jordan Luplow flagged it down. The Diamondbacks added a run in the ninth to win 5-2.
More from the mirror: The Dodgers gathered 12 songs and an Austin Barnes homer in the very first video game, and 7 songs and Muncy’s homer in the 2nd video game.
In both video games, the Dodgers reached base often however scored moderately. In the 2nd video game, Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman singled in the very first inning. Cody Bellinger singled and Trea Turner strolled in the 3rd. Will Smith and Justin Turner singled in the 4th. All were stranded.
“We didn’t play good baseball,” supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “It’s hard to win when you give up outs and give up bases.”
Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson continued to make a case for addition in the postseason rotation, quiting 3 unearned runs and 2 hits through 6 innings while starting out 5 and reducing his period to 2.52.
But Anderson needed to own a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 6th. He struck a batter, dropped a toss covering initially on a grounder to Freddie Freeman and struck another batter. Then the Dodgers defense, unsteady all the time, became worse.
Carson Kelly struck a sacrifice fly to Mookie Betts, who saw Jake McCarthy advancing to 3rd. Betts’ toss avoided previous Muncy, permitting McCarthy to score. Anderson supported the play however his toss house was errant, permitting Christian Walker to advance to 3rd.
The tally? Three mistakes in the inning — 2 by Anderson — and the Diamondbacks led 3-0.
“I felt good [pitching] but I turned into a one-man Bad News Bears for an inning,” Anderson stated.
The very first video game generated comparable disappointment for the Dodgers till the 8th inning. An RBI single by novice Miguel Vargas off the glove of Arizona Diamondbacks 3rd baseman Josh Rojas topped the five-run rally. It was the 2nd hit of the inning for Vargas, who started the frame with a sharp single that was followed by Barnes’ crowning achievement to cut the deficit to 5-3.
“That’s a big moment for him,” Justin Turner stated of Vargas. “It’s not easy to go from playing every day in the minors to coming up and adjusting to a role, maybe playing once or twice a week.”
The Dodgers prepared to have novices Michael Grove and Ryan Pepiot pitch the whole very first video game to rest veterans reducers, however with the tables turned heading into the ninth, Roberts selected right-hander Chris Martin, who retired the Diamondbacks in order to notch his 2nd save considering that signing up with the Dodgers at the trade due date.
“We came out flat, so it was good to see life in the later innings,” stated Barnes, who singled two times in addition to striking the crowning achievement that took a trip 394 feet.
Roberts challenged the characterization, flatly stating, “I don’t think we were flat. We grinded out at-bats early and elevated pitch counts. They gave us extra outs in the eighth after we’d done everything earlier to give them the game.”
Grove started out 7 in 5 innings however gave up 9 hits, consisting of 2 crowning achievement. Making his 5th big league look and 4th start, he leaned on an efficient curveball.
“He’s got a very good curve,” Barnes stated. “He battles, he competes out there.”
Grove’s four-seam fastball generated no swings and misses out on, nevertheless. He was preyed on by mistakes by Freeman and Vargas that caused unearned runs, and the Dodgers routed 5-1 when Pepiot took the mound to start the 6th inning.
Pepiot got rid of a shaky start and tossed 3 scoreless innings. With 2 on and one out in the 6th, he was late covering initially on a groundball by the rapid McCarthy to Freeman, who initially relied on toss to 2nd, believed much better of it and wheeled around to toss to Pepiot covering the bag.
Umpire Adam Beck called McCarthy safe however replay revealed he was out. Pepiot settled, starting out Christian Walker to end the 6th, then retiring the Diamondbacks in order in the seventh and 8th.
Vargas made 2 bad tosses, one coming instantly after he made a remarkable catch in the 5th inning. Marte followed Walker’s 35th crowning achievement with a sharp, slicing shot to left field that Vargas captured while twisting his body to his right after opening his left shoulder when the ball was struck.
Ten hours after the very first pitch of the opener, the Dodgers had a split to reveal for it, their record a still-gaudy 103-45 with 14 to play in the routine season.
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.