The game swung on the tiniest of moments, a flutter of Sergio Romo’s shoulders that a blinking man might miss.
Mike Muchlinski, the umpire behind the plate in a 13-5 Dodgers loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, did not blink. He charged from his perch to point at Romo and signal a balk, which drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for the Diamondbacks. An avalanche would follow.
“I have no explanation,” Romo said, “for any of that.”
The Dodgers bullpen, perhaps the club’s finest asset, unraveled in the eighth. Four pitchers combined to give up nine runs.
They issued five walks, the most in one Dodgers inning since 1974. Romo balked for the first time in...