Despite the Los Angeles Dodgers closing out a seven-game home stand with a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks to earn a series sweep, not all was positive after the game in the Dodgers locker room.
Dodgers starter Brett Anderson did not have his best start of the season, giving up eight hits and four runs in five innings of work. The damage could have been even worse if it were not for a couple outstanding plays by center fielder Joc Pederson, one of which he robbed Yasmany Tomas of a potential three-run homer.
“That was probably the best my arm and body has felt in a while, which didn’t really translate to positive results,” Anderson said after the game.
“My fastball command was just bad enough, just good enough, to get people out and then some bad pitches, three potential home runs to Yasmany Tomas, that should never happen. We battled, Joc made a tremendous play to keep me from blowing the lead entirely. The most positive thing I could take from it is that I got an RBI on a bunt, and that’s not good being a pitcher. But going into this I had some good outings, and it happens sometimes. We’ll go look at some video and work on some stuff and hopefully get back to pitching like I was before,” Anderson said.
Anderson has been pretty good this season, as he has needed to step up in the absence of starters Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy. The lefty has not received a lot of run support, leading to a 2-4 record despite a 3.57 ERA in 12 starts.
Even though Anderson did not have his best start Wednesday night, he remains 100 percent healthy and the Dodgers came away with a victory and series sweep of the Diamondbacks, so there’s no need for Anderson or anyone else to begin panicking.
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