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Dodgers: Mental Blunders Lead to a Win Handed to the Giants

After back to back nights of putting up plenty of runs, Dodgers fans had high expectations for Saturday afternoon’s game. Unfortunately, a series of mental errors put them in a position where they could not come back late.

Just looking at the box score, the Dodgers left 15 men on base during Saturday’s game. That alone should tell you what sort of game it was. But unfortunately, it got much worse than an inability to drive runners in.

The Dodgers struggled big time on the basepaths, something that absolutely should not be a part of the game that costs you wins. It started in the third inning when Corey Seager lined out to second base. Justin Turner broke on contact and got doubled up to end the inning.

The following inning, Chris Taylor tried to take third on a throw that skipped away to third base. Taylor got caught easily, potentially ruining a rally. The Dodgers would have had two men on with no one out had he stayed put. The following inning, Joc Pederson got caught too far off of first base on a weak fly ball to center and was also doubled up.

Austin Barnes was also doubled up later on a line drive hit by Mookie Betts. So, to say that the Dodgers did not have their best day on the basepaths would be an understatement. The game ended with a one-run difference as Los Angeles tried to make a late push. Corey Seager drove in two runs in the eighth inning, and Will Smith hit a solo shot in the ninth.

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Written by Brook Smith

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