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Dodgers News: Don Mattingly Won’t Use Travel Issue As Excuse



Lenny Ignelzi-AP Photo
Lenny Ignelzi-AP Photo

The Los Angeles Dodgers began a four-game, home-and-home series against the Texas Rangers on Monday by losing 4-1.

Following their win on Sunday in San Diego, the Dodgers were supposed to fly straight to Texas, but encountered a mechanical issue on the plane and were forced to stop in Los Angeles to switch planes. The delay ended up causing the team to arrive around 4:00 AM CT. The 162-game MLB season is already a grind and many players have a routine, making a delay like that something to take issue with.

However, manager Don Mattingly refused to say that that was why his team failed to get the victory via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:

I’m not saying anything about getting in late,” he said. “It’s just win or lose and we didn’t do enough to win.”

The offense had no issue putting runners on base, but did have issues bringing any of those runners in. Yasmani Grandal provided the only run via a home run in the eighth inning against reliever Tanner Scheppers. Throughout the night, the Dodgers hit into four double plays and blew a few chances to put runs on the board.

While the runners did reach base for the Dodgers, Mattingly felt his team didn’t do enough still:

We didn’t do enough to win,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “We didn’t give ourselves a whole lot of chances.”

After a normal night of rest from Monday to Tuesday, the Dodgers will take on the Rangers one more time at Globe Life Park before heading back to Los Angeles for two more interleague matchups.

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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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