The Dodgers trip down south to Miami has not gone smoothly at all. Los Angeles has dropped the first two games against the Marlins with both losses coming in one run ball games that could have easily ended in wins.
Especially Tuesday’s game which ended in the worst way possible, a passed ball and throwing error by catcher Will Smith. After the game, SportsNetLA analyst Jerry Hairston Jr. went on a rant about how unacceptable the loss was, especially since Smith could be seen trying to stop the pitch on one knee.
“This is not just happening with the Dodgers, this is happening around Major League Baseball. It is stupidity having big league catchers get down on one knee when there’s a runner at third base or runner in scoring position. You are dead wrong. That’s being taught at the big league level which is crazy to me.”
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While the pitch was deemed as a wild pitch, Hairston does have a point. You can’t take any chances in such a tight ball game.
“If there’s nobody on and you wanna go Tony Peña style, relax be cool [and] try to steal a strike, hey knock yourself out. But there’s a big league runner at second base, the winning run, or there’s a winning run on third base and you’re on one knee, sorry bruh that can’t happen in the big leagues. This is the show, not college baseball.”
Treinen had also already thrown a wild pitch the inning before that could have ended the game. However, it was the home plate umpire’s shin guard that saved the day for the time being. Could Smith have done a better job to block that ball? It’s possible, but the game should have never been that close, and Smith acknowledged that a throw should’ve never been made.
LA’s offense has struggled the past two games going 4-20 with runners in scoring position and leaving a combined 25 men on base. They’ve also struck out 25 times which only adds to the problem. With that being said, losing the way they did with two outs already in the inning stings a little worse. Hopefully, the upcoming All-Star break will help them reset for the second half.