The jeers arrived in the seventh inning, but they sounded wan and jaded, a product of a
The crowd booed when
On Aug. 25, the Dodgers (92-47) led the
Or, perhaps, to just win a game again.
“We’ve found different ways to lose,” manager
The Dodgers will turn to ace
A full-blown collapse still feels unlikely, especially as
"We're going to win the division," Roberts said. "I can assure you of that."
The numbers do not reflect the uncertainty created by the fluid nature of the team’s roster. The playoffs start in one month, and the Dodgers have not determined how to assemble their lineup.
Taylor was an infielder before he converted to the outfield this season. But the team appears to view him as the best defensive option in center field. Pederson has regressed as a fielder, and Alex Verdugo remains an untested rookie. The team would prefer to use
Cody Bellinger started in center field Tuesday. That may not happen again.
Gonzalez sat Wednesday. So did Ethier. Taylor stayed at shortstop, and sparked a first-inning rally with a leadoff double against Diamondbacks starter
The run gave the Dodgers a lead, and it ended an incredible streak for the Diamondbacks. The team had not trailed once during its previous 97 innings. It would not trail for long Wednesday.
In the top of the second, Taylor bobbled a leadoff grounder hit by A.J. Pollock. Pollock read Dodgers starter
Maeda would not buckle again. He did not replicate his last outing against Arizona, when the Diamondbacks charged him with seven runs in three innings. His pace was plodding, but he dragged himself through five innings without allowing another run.
The Dodgers poked at Walker but could not break through for a second run. Grandal stranded two runners in the third. Puig got caught stealing after leading off the fourth with a walk.
In the sixth, Turner was irritated by a called third strike from umpire Chad Fairchild. A 2-2 fastball from Walker appeared to arrive well outside the zone. Fairchild disagreed. From the dugout, Turner informed Fairchild about the egregiousness of the call. Fairchild ejected Turner, who would later apologize to Roberts for getting himself removed from the game.
"It's a helpless feeling," Turner said. "If I had to do it all over again, I probably wouldn't have given him the time of day."
Turner watched from the bench as Avilan imploded. The collapse was not swift, which only amplified the discomfort. Ketel Marte singled. Pinch-hitter
The situation did not improve. Outfielder David Peralta hit a single. Avilan picked up two outs, and Roberts instructed him to intentionally walk
"There's really nothing to say," Roberts said. "But we've got to find a way to win a game."
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