The Los Angeles Dodgers blew two separate leads on Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks before collapsing in the eighth inning of a tied game to fall, 10-6.
After a run in the first and three via home run in the fourth made it 4-0, Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger was forced to leave early due to food poisoning. An early 4-0 lead became a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning after Yimi Garcia allowed a two-run home run to Yasmany Tomas. The Dodgers took the lead back with two runs in the seventh, but the Dodger bullpen allowed two runs in the bottom half to once again make the game tied. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Pedro Baez and J.P. Howell combined to allow four runs and that would prove to be the difference.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, manager Don Mattingly was disappointed following the loss:
It didn’t seem to matter what we did, nothing seemed to work,” manager Don Mattingly said after a 10-6 Dodgers loss to the D-backs, snapping a seven-game win streak over Arizona. “This is probably one of the worst feels after a game this year, for me at least.”
Mattingly could do no right on Monday as Joel Peralta, Garcia and Nicasio were all charged with two earned runs and then Baez was charged with four. Left-handers J.P. Howell and Liberatore weren’t charged with any runs, but Liberatore allowed a two-out, two-run triple to a left-handed hitter and Howell allowed two walks and a hit.
In the first inning, the Dodgers were gifted bases loaded with no outs and only managed to get one run on an Adrian Gonzalez double play ball. Mattingly believes that should have been a bigger inning:
The first inning was definitely disappointing,” said Mattingly. “We could have blown the game wide open.”
Also, the home run Garcia allowed in the sixth was reviewed because of fan interference, but was not overturned, despite the replay showing that the ball likely wouldn’t have been out if it wasn’t touched.
It was just a bad night overall for the Dodgers, but Mattingly and his team will be back on the field on Tuesday night looking to erase any bad memories.