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Dodgers News: Brett Anderson Calls Performance ‘Embarrassing’



Andy Marling, USA Today Sports
Andy Marling, USA Today Sports

The third game of the NLDS against the New York Mets started off great but quickly became a nightmare for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the second inning, the Dodgers got to Mets starter Matt Harvey and put up three runs to give starter Brett Anderson a lead in the early going. It didn’t take long for that good feeling to vanish as Anderson allowed four runs in the bottom half of the inning. He then allowed a two-run home run in the fourth inning. That would be his last inning and the Dodgers ended up losing 13-7 to push them to the brink of elimination.

According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Anderson was very critical of his four-inning performance:

Just embarrassing on my part. … Makes it even worse that my stuff was fairly decent. I just wasn’t able to string together enough outs. Or if I got to two outs, I wasn’t able to get that third one.”

Five of the six runs against Anderson came with two outs, a point that makes the outing even tougher. The left-hander believes his start boiled down to two specific pitches:

Mainly two pitches cost us the game,” Anderson said, referring to Granderson’s double and “a tremendously godawful changeup to d’Arnaud that he hit out.”

The pitch to Granderson became a three-run double with two outs in the inning and the pitch to d’Arnaud became a two-run home run with two outs in the inning.

Anderson was a victim of some defensive miscues in that second inning, but was unable to get past that and get the outs that were needed. Jimmy Rollins took his time on a ground ball that resulted in an infield single and Howie Kendrick misplayed a slow roller up the middle, a play he’s made most of the season.

The Dodgers now turn to their leader, Clayton Kershaw, in Game 4 needing a win to send the series back to Los Angeles.

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Written by Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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