Monday night was not the way that the Dodgers were hoping to start their series against the Giants. Only earning 2 hits against Giants’ starter Logan Webb, Los Angeles put up just 1 run and dropped the game in a very disappointing ending.
Cody Bellinger airmailed a ball in the 8th inning that resulted in the Giants taking the lead. With 2 runners on, Bellinger got the out at first on a grounder and tried to get Buster Posey at third. Instead, he sent the ball sailing into the third base net and the Dodgers fell behind a run.
But despite that errant throw, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t seem too upset with the decision. Doc spoke after the game about what he saw and how he thought Muncy cutting in front of Bellinger changed things.
I looked at it actually and Muncy got kind of caught in the crossfire with the pump fake after the exchange. I think that upon release, he saw Muncy a little bit and kind of overshot it. Cody obviously has the arm strength and a very accurate arm, so it’s one of those plays that was surprising to everybody.
Bellinger probably could have gotten the other runner out and left it up to Blake Treinen to get the third out. But he saw a chance to cut down the lead runner and the DOdgers paid for it. When asked if he thought Bellinger was being a little greedy on the play, Doc sounded like he didn’t want to take away his aggressive instinct.
I’ll tell your this. It’s hard because if he would have made an accurate throw and gets him, it’s a great play. …I don’t want to second guess just because he made an errant throw. He has really good instincts defensively, and it’s just one of those things that didn’t work out.
In reality, the Dodgers went 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left 5 men on base. They collected just 6 hits the whole night and squandered every opportunity they had to score runs.
So while it is easy to place blame on Bellinger, the Dodgers offense was the real villain on Tuesday night. They’ll look to bounce back against Anthony DeSclafani tonight as Walker Buehler takes the mound.