The Los Angeles Dodgers made headlines on Monday night for all the wrong reasons.
They defeated the San Diego Padres, 9-4, behind a strong performance from ace Clayton Kershaw; however, the biggest news came from a play in the top of the sixth inning. The Dodger defense committed three errors on one play that led to one out and two unearned runs. Yasiel Puig caught a ball in shallow center field and made a throwing error to first base that was followed by a throwing error by A.J. Ellis to second base and another throwing error by Hanley Ramirez to home plate.
After the game, the Clayton Kershaw summed up the play with a reference to ESPN and their SportsCenter segment via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
We’re probably ‘Not Top 10’ for a while,” winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw said of the lowlight segment nobody wants to star in.
While the play was embarrassing, the Dodgers were ahead 8-1 at the time and ultimately it did not cost them much more than their dignity and pride.
Manager Don Mattingly also discussed the play and its’ importance:
We played a pretty good game, other than that,” said Mattingly. “I did look up and saw a full moon. I guess it could be funny, but it’s only funny if you’re winning.”
The play would surely have been more frustrating had it cost the team the lead and/or the game. Defensively, the Dodgers have played well recently after beginning the year as one of the worst defensive teams in the league.
Ellis, who had the second error of the play, attributed it to some bad luck:
Just another bizarre play in a bizarre game,” said Ellis. “Fortunately we had a good cushion to weather that play. But Clayton shut them down right there. It was a fluke thing you see once every couple years.”
The Dodgers will need to avoid any more bizarre plays the rest of the season, as they figure to have some tough games with their division rivals, the San Francisco Giants.
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