Brandon McCarthy allowed (Associated Press photo)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brandon McCarthy took this one on his shoulders.
“Today was horse (crap),” he said after allowing eight hits and six runs, all earned, in four innings against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
The 7-5 loss ended the Dodgers’ “six-game unbeaten streak,” a line that could have been lifted straight from a 1996 Hartford Whalers press release.
“Today’s one of those that … you’re not entirely surprised,” McCarthy said. “You’re fighting a little bit mechanically and stuff-wise, I just couldn’t get anything to do what I wanted it to do. That makes it really hard to locate at that point. Sinkers were cutting, cutters were sinking. Everything was going the wrong direction. It’s really hard to get outs against big league hitters and good ones when everything is heading back toward the middle of the plate.”
The box score is here.
Some postgame thoughts:
Corey Seager is a ping-pong co-champion. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The team of Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager won the annual clubhouse ping pong championship this morning. The bracket-style tournament began with random pairings. The southpaw champions didn’t choose each other, nor did the left-handed Coulombe and the right-handed Turner.
Kershaw is known to take these things seriously. Seager is an unknown in the realm of ping-pong. Clearly, Team Turner-Coulombe had the support of the clubhouse. Teammates booed every point by Kershaw and Seager, and cheered every point by Turner and Coulombe. I believe the final score was 19-14, sealed by an unreturnable Kershaw forehand. It was a glorious moment for Kershaw, an awkward moment for Seager (the boos weren’t his fault) and a bonding moment for everyone. Darwin Barney even had a blown-up photo of Turner’s head, which he propped up to a stick and waved around in support of his red-haired teammate.
Here are the lineups for today’s 1 p.m. game at Camelback Ranch:
MESA, Ariz. — Yasiel Puig doesn’t play center field often. In fact, Wednesday marked his first start there since Cactus League play began.
This catch, which looks equal parts dangerous and amazing, had nothing to do with Puig’s jump on the Anthony Rizzo fly ball, or his route. “It’s just him,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said:
As Puig wrote on his Instagram account, “ouch, that hurts.” Word from the clubhouse is that he’ll be OK.