If you were one of the unlucky fans to tune into Sunday night’s ESPN broadcast, we’re sorry. It’s always fun to watch the Dodgers play, but Sunday was an all-around disaster for fans in Los Angeles. The broadcast also had it’s fair share of issues, only adding to the pain.
Facing a series split with the lowly Giants, the Dodgers ran out Julio Urias onto the mound to try to rebound. That did not happen though as Los Angeles stranded 17 base runners en route to a 3-1 loss.
After the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had a little bit of explaining to do. Media members wanted to know why he had chosen not to utilize key players in pinch-hit opportunities throughout the game. One situation in particular involved Kiké Hernandez hitting against Tyler Rogers with the bases loaded in the eighth. Hernandez grounded out softly to third to end the threat.
Doc also said he left Keeks in there because of the splits that Rogers has…called him neutral.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) July 27, 2020
Historically, Rogers has had much more success against left-handed hitters than against righties, so he is right about that. The problem is that Kiké has long struggled with right-handed pitching, hitting just .223 in his career. Add in the fact that Rogers has the unorthodox submarine type of delivery, and you have the perfect recipe for disaster. The Dodgers got just that, an inning-ending, rally-killing groundball.
The Dodgers had several guys on the bench ready to go, including pinch-hit expert Matt Beaty. They also had Edwin Rios and Joc Pederson, two guys who hit well against right-handed pitching. Again, Roberts emphasized the matchup that he had with Hernandez and felt like it was the better move.
Whatever the reason that Roberts felt the move wasn’t needed, it’s done and over with. On to Houston to hopefully take a two-game series. The Dodgers start a series with the Astros on Tuesday with Walker Buehler on the mound.
Dodgers Interview: Dave Roberts Defends Decision to Not Use Pinch Hitters in Loss to Giants