He could not play Thursday, one day after he got a cortisone injection to combat inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He could not even pinch-hit, exposing the vulnerability of the Dodgers' roster amid injuries and turning one inning into a festival of second-guessing.
They lost to the
"People expect us to win every game," said pitcher
That is what it might take to win the
Skip Schumaker, who played for the Dodgers last season and had two hits for the Reds on Thursday, offered a pointed assessment of his old team after the game.
"That lineup is very good," Schumaker told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "When certain guys want to play, it's even better."
The lineup Thursday included
In the seventh inning, the Dodgers trailed, 2-1, with runners on first and third and none out. The bottom of the order was not assured of coming up again, so this would be the inning for Manager
He did not bat for Federowicz, even with his other catcher,
"Then I'm going to end up catching [pitcher
Federowicz hit a shallow fly ball, too shallow for
Rojas can bunt — he had 13 sacrifice bunts last season — but Mattingly did not call a squeeze. He also did not use Van Slyke, a better bet for a fly ball. Mattingly let Rojas hit, noting he had one of the Dodgers' six hits to that point.
Rojas grounded out. Then Mattingly used Van Slyke for Greinke, who had thrown only 72 pitches.
"You really don't want to take Zack out there," Mattingly said. "You feel like you're forced to."
The Dodgers did not score, and reliever
The Dodgers dropped to 35-33, losing games started by
"We'll go on a streak," Greinke said. "We'll probably go on another bad streak."
He meant that a good streak would come, and another bad streak probably would come too. The latter might well come at home, since the Dodgers have yet to have a winning homestand this season.
"You don't really do anything differently at home than you do on the road," Mattingly said. "It's hard to understand why you would not be as good at home. Guys traditionally have always played better at home."
Mattingly said any theories as to why would be "just guesses," then offered a startling one — the new home clubhouse, part of the $150 million Guggenheim Baseball has invested into
"At home, it's so big now," he said. "There's a quiet room. There's a locker room. There's a weight room. You can go back in the sauna.
"We're not quite all in one room."
All for one, in some room, sooner or later.