Mattingly disappointed with Dodgers' play
Manager laments lost scoring chances, bullpen's struggles in loss
PHOENIX -- Monday night's game started with Mike Bolsinger sick to his stomach, and by the end of the night he had company.
"It didn't seem to matter what we did, nothing seemed to work," manager Don Mattingly said after a 10-6 Dodgers loss to the D-backs, snapping a seven-game win streak over Arizona. "This is probably one of the worst feels after a game this year, for me at least."
Bolsinger, suspecting he got food poisoning eating bad oysters in Miami over the weekend, literally gutted through four scoreless innings against the team that sold him to the Dodgers.
Forced to turn it over to a Dodgers bullpen that had not allowed a run in the previous 12 2/3 innings, Bolsinger watched a complete meltdown. His 4-0 lead disappeared on homers served up by Joel Peralta and Yimi Garcia. A 6-4 lead rebuilt on Jimmy Rollins' two-run single was coughed up when Juan Nicasio put two runners on base and David Peralta tripled them home off Adam Liberatore.
And in his second game back from the disabled list, Pedro Baez was charged with four runs, although two of them were assisted when Baez, a converted third baseman, threw wildly after fielding a bunt.
That was the only fielding error charged to the Dodgers, but they made many other mistakes, not the least of which were allowing the D-Backs six stolen bases, four of them on double-steals. Although Andre Ethier, Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson homered in the fourth inning, the Dodgers also stranded 11 runners, going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
They squandered chances from the get-go, when former farmhand Allen Webster walked the first two batters of the game and hit the third. The Dodgers scored only once that inning, had runners thrown out at home and third base later and generally just played sloppy baseball.
"The first inning was definitely disappointing," said Mattingly. "We could have blown the game wide open."
Also disappointing to Mattingly was another puzzling decision on a review, replay officials ruling the call stands after a crew-chief review of Yasmany Tomas' fifth-inning home run that hit the forearm of a fan reaching over the left-field fence. The ball deflected off the fan and over the fence.
"They said there was not enough evidence to overturn," said Mattingly, who has tired of complaining about flaws he sees in the system. "We had the lead after that. We had the game back in our hands, up 6-4 with the back end of the bullpen. We had two outs and nobody on [in Arizona's two-run seventh] and we can't get out of it."
"What we're trying to rule on, even though we see the ball hit the fan, we're trying to rule if it hadn't hit the fan, what would have happened?" said crew chief Mike Winters. "[Third-base umpire Marty Foster]'s ruling on the field was the ball was going to leave the yard. When we went to replay, that's what they came up with also."