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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Offers Encouraging Words for Dustin May

The Dodgers drop the series finale, 5-3.

The Dodgers lost the rubber match of the series in Atlanta as the Braves came from behind late. Los Angeles had a fast start as they went up 3-0 on the power of Cody Bellinger’s 42nd home run of the season.

Tony Gonsolin got the start and put up a shutout through 3. He allowed a run in the 4th inning before Pedro Baez came in for a clean inning in the 5th. In the 6th inning, however, Dustin May made the first relief appearance of his career and served up a grand slam to give Atlanta the 5-3 lead.

Following the loss, Dave Roberts spoke with SportsNet LA anchor Alanna Rizzo about May’s first relief appearance.

Clearly, it was a lack of command. This is something we knew, didn’t expect to be seamless, to give him opportunity to learn, and any excuses, I think it’s more of, trying a little too hard, I guess. When you’re trying to overthrow the breaking ball, and the arm doesn’t catch up, or overthrow the 2 seamer, that just doesn’t get there.

But this is a learning process, so my faith, my confidence in Dustin hasn’t wavered, and Dustin is going to be better than fine.

May in the bullpen is yet another occasion of the Dodgers trying something new during the 2019 season. Roberts shared his thoughts on how much the calendar and division lead affords them to have these sort of experiments:

Yeah, it does, and credit to our guys, we’ve put ourselves in a situation, and ultimately, you’re focusing on how you wanna live in the games in October. To have Dustin really hasn’t thrown out of the ‘pen outside of spring training, probably, so, to run the play out, to check a box, to get familiarity with it, it’s a good thing. Right now, he feels bad because of the results, but we didn’t lose it because of Dustin.

He’ll throw a bullpen in a couple days, and we’ll get him back in the bullpen, and we’ll continue to grow.

The manager is right, as it wasn’t solely on the young righty. LA bats went cold in Hotlanta for the second game in a row.

“We had [Max] Fried on the ropes early. I thought we took really good at-bats, had a big homer from Cody, and Fried went 5 innings, and we got to the ‘pen, and just putting at-bats together, building innings, we didn’t do that. But again, you got to give credit to those guys, they pitched us well, they played 27 outs, and we lost the series, but it was a good series, it was fun to be apart of.”

The Dodgers will return home to face the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Written by Levon Satamian

My name is Levon Satamian. I am currently attending Cal State Northridge, and majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

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  1. This late in the year we should not be making experaments with with pitchers!! If you You don’t pack the gear! That patcher must go! As all the Dodger PLAYERS all PROFESSIONAL players and they play the game with all there hearts! Iv been watching every game for only 2 years, also what’s up with all those home plate UMPS, calling balls a strike!! We THE Dodger fans can see the box!!! And a ball is a ball and a strike is a strike!! These UMPIRES should be checked out!! Mr. Baseball Commissioner! Also I Truly Believe that the Dodgers Team WILL go to the world series and win once they fix the problem of letting ANY PITCHER LOAD THE BASES!! THATS JUST NUTS! ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE DODGERS FOR MAKING US FANS SO HAPPY, AS WE KNOW YOU GUYS ARE DOING THE BEST YOU CAN!! WE ALL LOVE YOU GUYS AND WITH THE HIGHEST RESPECT BELIEVE IN YOU ALL REAL PLAYERS.THANK YOU AND WE WILL SEE YOU ALL AT THE WORLD SERIES. ” WIN” AGAIN THANK YOU. IM A USMC VET FROM THE 60s. I SALUTE the DODGER TEAM!!!! SEMPER FI…Lawrence R Reed.
    My slogan is, GO DODGERS ALL THE WAY.

  2. DON”T worry about May.. He is young and will improve.. the problem is Roberts.. how much longer do we have to endure his antics??? What is this now the 6th game lost because of Roberts..unorthodox moves… Get rid of the problem…don’t blame good ball players!!

  3. Lawrence and ken, I am in your corner. Why fix what is not broken. Frankly, I feel sorry for May. He is being jerked around by a FO that will not quit platooning until someone is injured. May’s mindset is as a starter and that is difficult to change. And, there is no reason to change it. May should be in the starting rotation when the WS rolls around. Gonsolin is also a keeper : a fine starter, who might find it easier to acclimate himself to a BP role. I hope that does not happen. He showed poise and maturity that May is still working on. Go Blue!!!!

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