The Dodgers finally were able to grind out a win in extra innings on Friday night in New York. And while there were plenty of positives to look at, fans had plenty to nitpick after the game as well. Especially since they let the game get away from them and allowed the Mets to make a comeback.
One moment in particular did not sit well with Dodgers fans. Julio Urias could have potentially gone out for another inning of work in the 6th if not for miscommunication. Dave Roberts went to Matt Beaty to pinch-hit even though Julio was only at 82 pitches.
As it turns out, it was a mistake on the part of Roberts. At least that’s what it sounded like when he explained after the game. The Dodgers skipper said that they had a change of heart on Matt pinch-hitting after the run was scored, but it was too late by the time they tried to get his attention.
I know that I didn’t wave him in. Chris thought that he saw me wave him in but I know I didn’t signal him in. But once he was in the batter’s box, I was trying to call him back. He was in, so I was trying to get him back to let Julio hit who was done for the night. But ultimately Matt got an at-bat and got on base. Ideally, I would’ve used Julio in that spot.
Looking at the highlight, it looks like several members of the Dodgers bench knew he wasn’t supposed to go up. Dave was not in his normal spot sitting as close as possible to home plate. That might have been part of it.
You could hear even on the broadcast that they were calling from the dugout for Matt Beaty to come back. He wound up walking. pic.twitter.com/PfpjSMAS5k
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 14, 2021
Luckily, it didn’t end up mattering too much. The Dodgers would go on to win in extra innings thanks to Will Smith’s massive 2-run shot. Still, it doesn’t exactly instill confidence when a team makes a mental error like that.