Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly chided his team for their poor play at the conclusion of a 10-game homestand and the Dodgers responded with a win Friday as they began a seven-game road trip.
With Zack Greinke taking the mound Saturday, the Dodgers figured to stand a good opportunity to get their second win of the series and perhaps build some momentum moving forward. The likelihood of that happening took a hit as the Dodgers were unable to generate any offense off winless Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin and saw Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig removed from the game with respective hip injuries.
The Dodgers fought their way back and took the lead in the seventh inning on a Tim Federowicz three-run home run. The Rockies managed to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning and the game went to extras.
With two outs and a runner on first base in the bottom of the 10th, Brandon Barnes tripled to right-center to give the Rockies the walk-off win. Andre Ethier appeared to have a read on the ball only to pull up and the last minute and watch the ball hit off the fence. Ethier discussed the play following the loss, via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
“I shifted to right-center after the first pitch to Barnes,” said Ethier. “He hit it and I had to run for it for a long time. It’s one of the ones where you don’t know how much room you have. I wanted to have more room than I did. You’re taught to find the wall, and it was tough to find the wall. It was going to be a bang-bang play, and I didn’t come up with it.”
The wall Ethier found it difficult to locate is the same that has arguably derailed Matt Kemp’s career as he injured his shoulder in a violent collision back in 2012. Ethier’s inability to get to the ball in time may also be attributed to back pain, which the LA Times’ Dylan Hernandez reported Sunday.
With left-hander Jorge De La Rosa taking the mound Sunday, Ethier is not in the lineup.
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