Another night, another disappointing extra-innings loss for the Dodgers on Friday. In a game that felt like they were completely handling the Angels’ offense, Los Angeles failed to score runs after notching 2 early and Anaheim forced extras.
The Angels came through with a pair of runs on some unfortunate plays, including at least one that the Dodgers should have made. And they were able to get a rally going in the home half of the 10th but failed to push across that final run to tie it up.
After the game, Dave Roberts was once again asked about the Dodgers’ terrible extra-innings play in 2021. Roberts was once again unable to nail down exactly why it was that they were 1-12 in extras, but he did point to other points in the game.
No, there is no explanation. …We tacked on one and couldn’t put another one on the board. So that’s just kind of how this one played out. But I don’t have an explanation for the 1-12 record. … People are quick to look at how the game finished, but we had scoring opportunities and situational opportunities in which we came up short.
The Dodgers had every opportunity to get ahead during regulation play. They left 11 runners on base and went a combined 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position. That has about summed up most of their close losses in 2021.
And at this point in the year, it’s definitely a concern. The Dodgers did lose Mookie in the game due to his hip issue flaring up again, but player health can only be blamed to a certain extent. They’re running out of time to fix whatever is wrong with their streaky offense.