The Los Angeles Dodgers defense got off to a rough start in the first game of their doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins. With runners on first and second, Carl Crawford fielded a routine single and inexplicably threw the ball towards third base, which no one was covering and a run scored. Miguel Olivo managed to get to the ball, but also made an errant throw to third base and second run scored.
With runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth and the Dodgers clinging to a one-run lead after Dan Haren had already allowed a single that scored two runs in the inning, Ramirez singlehandedly atoned for the Dodgers’ mistakes earlier in the game. Trevor Plouffe lined a shot to Ramirez’s left that the shortstop had to leap for to record the first out. Alertly and all in one motion, Ramirez flipped the ball from his glove to Dee Gordon in an attempt to double off Brian Dozer.
Second base umpire Tim Welke called Dozier safe, which led to manager Don Mattingly challenging the call after receiving the thumbs-up from bench coach Tim Wallach. A review of the play resulted in Welke’s call being overturned and the Dodgers were out of the threat as Haren got the next batter to tap out to end the inning.
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