Saturday was a tough loss for Dodgers fans for a lot of reasons. Not only did the team give up multiple leads in extra-innings to lose, but they also lost Dustin May to an elbow injury.
One point of contention in the game came in the 11th innings after Will Smith’s 2-run triple. With the Dodgers up 2 runs, Mookie Betts tried to steal second base and was caught for the second out.
When asked what he saw on that play and the thought process that went into it, Mookie said he was trying to keep the Dodgers out of double-play trouble.
It kind of seemed like a tougher matchup for Seager right there so I was just trying to get to second to stay out of the double play. They made a good play, good throw and good tag. In hindsight, I probably would have stayed at first.
Dave Roberts later confirmed that Mookie was going on his own. The Dodgers outfielder was not acting under the orders of coaches or his manager.
Yeah, he was going on his own. He just didn’t get a great jump. He’s got a great feel for the game. He’s safe then there’s nothing said about it. He’s got a very good feel for the game.
Seager would go on to strike out swinging and that would be it for the Dodgers in the 11th. The Brewers obviously came back and won the game 6-5 after Travis Shaw’s walk-off single. But had Mookie stayed put, they certainly would’ve been out in a better position to add on.
Obviously, hindsight is 2/20 and it’s a lot easier now to say that Mookie shouldn’t have gone. But Seager does have a tendency to roll over on pitches to the right side, and Betts knows better than anyone. Had he made it into second safely, Dodgers fans would likely be praising him for how intelligently he plays the game.
The loss just makes everything suck.
It’s time to turn it around today.