Over the course of a 162-game season, a ball will bounce in a team’s favor one night and days, perhaps even weeks or months later, will bounce against them. That was the case for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were riding a seven-game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants.
Such was the case for Brett Anderson and the Dodgers Tuesday night at AT&T Park as they were left to watch the Giants take the lead and add to it on one bleeder after another. The 27-year-old left-hander, who threw four innings expressed his frustration over the Giants’ soft hits, via Alex Espinoza of MLB.com:
The only real legitimate run was the [Buster] Posey single,” Anderson said after the hard-luck loss. “I still feel confident in my abilities. The defense couldn’t have done any more than they did today, it was just some well-placed hits that you have to deal with and go on to next one.”
Anderson later elaborated on the outing by sending out a to-the-point tweet:
Groundballs with eyes are stupid.
— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35) April 22, 2015
The Giants scored their first run in the second inning on a Brandon Crawford drag bunt that surprised the Dodger infield. Howie Kendrick attempted to make a play for the third out, but was unable to and it allowed Justin Maxwell to score from third; Maxwell tripled with two outs on a ball that Joc Pederson nearly came up with a diving catch on.
From that point on the Giants added to the Dodgers’ frustrating evening with a slew of infield singles, including Nori Aoki’s slow roller to Adrian Gonzalez that resulted in two runs scoring as the first baseman’s toss to Anderson at the bag was off target.
The loss dropped Anderson to 1-1 with a 4.80 ERA in three starts this season, ended the Dodgers’ seven-game winning streak and dropped them into a tie for first place in the NL West with the San Diego Padres.
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