The Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1) were six outs away from notching their third win of the season. Unfortunately for the blue crew, a bevvy of unforced errors in the eighth inning led to the team dropping their first game of the season to the San Diego Padres (1-0).
There were a few takeaways for the Dodgers in this game. The first is that basic errors are unacceptable. A Gold Glover like Adrian Gonzalez and proficient fielder like Brian Wilson should not make the kind of errors they made in the eighth inning. Gonzalez misplayed a routine ground ball while Wilson was unable to properly field a sacrifice bunt.
The second is that the Dodgers need to have some sort of offensive presence to win games. The first five hitters in the Dodgers’ lineup went a combined 1-of-19, and two of the team’s four hits came from catcher A.J. Ellis, who is primarily known for his defensive skillset. More of the bats need to contribute, regardless of who the team is facing.
The Dodgers did not play a very fundamentally sound game today, but fans should realize that it is still just the third game of the season. It’s better to make these kinds of errors now than in October. The Dodgers will look to take Game 2 against the Padres this Tuesday.