Justin Turner

Hernandez: Dodgers afraid to take risks

Hernandez: Dodgers afraid to take risks

The Dodgers didn’t play like a Dave Roberts team Thursday night.

They played scared. They played with doubt.

They knew of Jon Lester’s well-documented problems throwing to bases, only they lacked the courage required to exploit it.

Enrique Hernandez danced and danced on the basepaths, but didn’t run. Corey Seager did the same. The Dodgers stole three bases, but should have stolen more.

They couldn’t afford to play with this degree of restraint, not when they had a precious few opportunities to score, not against a team with as much offensive firepower as the Chicago Cubs, not in the critical fifth game of the National League Championship...