To say the least, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 11-7 loss to finish up a four-game sweep in St. Louis on Thursday was not a banner day for the organization.
First, Walker Buehler got knocked around a little bit. The youngster was tagged for five earned runs and chased after four innings. Furthermore, this is not the Walker Buehler we have all become accustomed to seeing.
Moreover, Corey Seager left the ballgame early after being hit by a pitch. Surely, Seager has been victim to the injury bug in the early parts of his career.
Dave Roberts joined SportsNet LA after the game to give his thoughts on both players.
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When asked about Buehler’s performance on the mound, Roberts was frank. Especially in regards to the troublesome second inning in which Buehler allowed four of his runs.
“He just didn’t have command of really any of his pitches in that [fourth] inning. First inning, very good and efficient obviously with that 3-2 strikeout. From the second inning on – the glove-side fastball that he usually commands, the cutter, the change, the breaking ball, he just didn’t have the command or feel. In the fourth inning, he found it. Unfortunately, when you’re through four innings and at 85 pitches after throwing 70 the start before; there’s nothing else you can do.”
Roberts remarked despite being swept, this was the first game he felt on the pitching and defense that the Dodgers didn’t play well.
Finally, Roberts was asked about the severity of Seager’s injury. Right now, it’s being diagnosed as a hamstring contusion.
“He flushed it out with treatment after that hit-by-pitch. I just talked to him and he said that it feels better. You get on the flight home and obviously with altitude you have to see how it responds to that. Tomorrow we will know more, but it’s a good thing that at least he said it felt better.”
Hopefully, this remains a day-to-day situation for Seager who tallied two hits and a walk before his exit.
Finally, it’s easy to think that the Dodgers are going to be able to call April 11th one of the toughest days of the season. Or so we hope.
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