The Dodgers had tough questions to answer during postgame interviews after getting swept by the San Diego Padres this week. Starter Trevor Bauer stated that the Dodgers didn’t match the Padres intensity. Dodgers veteran Justin Turner believes they lost all three games due to sloppy play.
“Obviously [we] didn’t get very good results. Didn’t play the cleanest of baseball. I think we’re all looking forward to getting the opportunity to play them again.”
Turner and the Dodgers will get that opportunity again on August 24th when they return to San Diego for redemption.
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 24, 2021
Unfortunately, things didn’t get much better as the team returned home to Los Angeles only to be no hit by the Chicago Cubs.
Turner Credits Defense of Machado
Back to the San Diego series, in addition to the uneven play, Turner gave high praise to the defense of former teammate Manny Machado. In particular, Machado’s near catch in right-center, while in the shift, of a deep Muncy fly ball.
“It’s basically playing with four outfielders. It’s pretty remarkable he almost got to that ball that Muncy hit. Guy hits a fly ball to the warning track and he comes within inches of catching it, that’s pretty crazy.”
Turner was then asked if he took issue to how the Padres utilized an extreme defensive shift to neutralize the Dodgers bats. After getting thoroughly throttled by a division rival, Turner wasn’t about to make excuses.
“I don’t have a problem with it. The rules, right now, you can put all eight guys in the outfield if you want to. Manny does a good job of getting deep and when he gets the ground balls hit to him, he charges hard. He has a really good arm. It’s a good defense for them.”
Each time the Dodgers were close to regaining any offensive momentum, Machado seems to make a spectacular defensive play.
This edition of the Dodgers-Padres saga did not go as planned for Turner and the Dodgers. That being said, it’s a long season and the Dodgers still have nine games remaining against the Padres.
Certainly an opportunity to look forward to.