Fly balls lost in the sun, ground balls off umpires, wild throws, players leaving the game after being hit by pitches.
Murphy’s Law was in full effect Sunday afternoon for the
But all that bad luck merely piled on to a day in which the Dodgers struggled in almost every facet of the game.
He certainly did not benefit from a ground ball in the fourth inning off the bat of center fielder
Bolsinger's final pitch count of 101 was identical to that of the Mets' starter, rookie Steven Matz, but they had completely different outings. Matz scattered five baserunners and only two hits over six innings en route to his second win in as many starts. He is the fifth pitcher in franchise history to win his first two appearances.
The Dodgers were not able to take advantage of Matz’s occasional mistakes. In the bottom of the first,
The Dodgers did not get a runner into scoring position again until there were two outs in the ninth inning. The No. 2-7 hitters in the lineup went a combined one for 20, with six strikeouts and 10 runners left on base.
The Dodgers bullpen, one of the strongest in the NL with a 3.20 ERA, had trouble of its own, and wasn't helped out by the defense.
With two outs and two on in the top of the seventh inning, Juan Nicasio got the No. 9 hitter, Juan Lagares, to loft a lazy fly ball to right field. Yasiel Puig, however, lost track of the ball in the sun and it dropped behind him for a two-run, standup triple.
An inning later, Howie Kendrick fielded a grounder and started a potential double play, tossing the ball to shortstop Enrique Hernandez, but Hernandez sent the ball sailing into the first base dugout.