Play 162 games and you’re going to have a few games like this. The idea is to have as few as possible, those messy little affairs where balls drop and the brain freezes and runs are given away.
And the trick is, when they do happen, to still find a way to win.
The Dodgers did Friday, overcoming a couple of plays they’d like to have back to beat the San Diego Padres, 4-3, at Petco Park.
After allowing the Padres to score three times in the seventh inning to take a one-run lead, the Dodgers came back with two of their own in the eighth. Alex Guerrero continued to deliver as a pinch-hitter, driving in the winning run with a bloop single.