Sometimes one loss feels like two.
And that wasn't even the worst of it, really.
“There are things that are going to happen,” Manager
But just maybe as explanation.
The Dodgers were playing without Howie Kendrick, who injured his right knee Wednesday, and were already without outfielders Yasiel Puig,
And of more concern was the beleaguered bullpen. Mattingly had to use five relievers in Wednesday's 7-6 loss to the Rockies, limiting his options Thursday.
"There were a couple of guys we couldn't use and a couple of guys we didn't want to use," Mattingly said.
Which made it fairly paramount to get some length out of starter Carlos Frias, which to his credit, he delivered. Frias pitched into the seventh, and if he was not sharp, he had at least kept them in the game.
But Mattingly was so intent on getting Frias to pitch deep into the game, he passed on an early opportunity to rally back against
The Dodgers trailed 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth when they picked up two one-out singles from
"You had to manage the team you had tonight," Mattingly said.