Dave Roberts called the Turner Field turf “shoddy” and “unacceptable” in a radio interview Friday after the Dodgers and Braves combined to make 10 errors in three games in Atlanta.
Funky hops and tricky bounces were the norm in the series, and Roberts commended his players for making the most of the situation. The Dodgers won two of three games in the series.
The manager was on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel with hosts Cliff Floyd and Casey Stern and talked a bit more about the quality of the field at Turner Field in Atlanta.
“Yeah, I was extremely disappointed” in the field conditions, Roberts said. “And it’s no surprise that those (Braves) players are complaining about it because imagine playing 81 games there. This is Major League Baseball. There are going to be some important games played in that ballpark this year and to have a shoddy surface dictate outcomes is unfortunate. We had some errors there and the players, our guys, will own it. But I think that the playing surface, you know, no one wants extra work there because the field gets beat up and you see Corey Seager lose his footing. It’s almost, I mean, I think that we get spoiled up here but it’s the Major Leagues and it should be the best of the best. And it’s a little unacceptable to me.”
Clayton Kershaw was thrown out at home plate in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. (Associated Press photo)
ATLANTA — Clayton Kershaw didn’t have his best stuff Thursday; he also got thrown out at home plate. But he found a way to push the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory, their second 10-inning win in as many days, thanks in large part to his stubbornness. The box score is here.
The newest Dodger, Luis Avilan, had a horrible spring training — and now he knows why.
ATLANTA — Luis Avilan is back with the Dodgers today for the final game of a three-game series against the Braves. He’ll be available out of the bullpen, giving the Dodgers an extra left-hander to go with five right-handers.
Avilan will take the roster spot of Louis Coleman, whose grandfather (Harold Louis Coleman I) passed away. He can remain on the bereavement list for three to seven days.
Pedro Baez was a candidate to go on the 7-day concussion disabled list after he was hit in the back of a head by an errant warm-up throw in the fourth inning of last night’s win.
But Thursday morning, Baez said he felt well enough to pitch after undergoing tests last night and again this morning. He played catch in the outfield, as is custom.
After struggling in spring training, Avilan notched five scoreless appearances across six innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City to start the season. He made 23 appearances last season for the Dodgers, who acquired him from the Braves in advance of last year’s trade deadline.
ATLANTA — The Dodgers clawed their way back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 in 10 innings. The box score is here.
Pedro Baez wasn’t available to pitch because Adam Liberatore hit him in the back of the head with a thrown baseball.
Alex Wood suffered the loss in his first start as a visiting player at Turner Field. (Associated Press photo)
ATLANTA — The Dodgers couldn’t hit, field or pitch in an 8-1 loss to the Braves, and Dave Roberts saw it coming. The box score is here.
Maybe Turner Field didn’t exist long enough to stir sentiments about its demise, but don’t tell that to Charlie Culberson.