While the Dodgers were never going to win every game the rest of the season, today’s 3-2 loss to the Phillies stung because they beat themselves with poor base running and two costly errors in the ninth inning.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, arguably the Dodgers best hitter when he’s been healthy, committed both errors as the teams 10-game winning streak was snapped.
After the game, Hanley spoke to Tony Jackson from Dodgerscribe.com about the mistakes in the field and that the first error didn’t stay with him:
No, no, no, he said. I’m going to make errors. I just have to keep working and try to make that play next time. He also confirmed what one reporter suggested, that the ball took a little hop at the last second, which is why he had trouble getting control of it. He wasn’t making excuses — the fact he went to his knee to field it was an instinctive reaction to the bad hop to prevent the ball from getting past him.
Regardless, the Dodgers and Hanley will head to Miami winners of 10 of their last 11 and still riding a wave of momentum as they look to put more distance between themselves and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 49 games, excluding the two errors committed today, Ramirez had eight on the season as there seems to be either a double clutch or issue getting the ball out of his glove when he fields a ground ball.
Losses are never good, especially when the Dodgers lose a game in the standings, but it’ll provide a teaching point for Don Mattingly about continuing to focus on the basics.
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