Dave Roberts was comfortable with the circumstances surrounding Thursday’s infighting, but said he doesn’t have a problem with the team’s intensity.
Yasmani Grandal suggested in his comments following the Dodgers’ 8-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday that the team needed to “play with fire.” It wasn’t so much that the fire isn’t there, the catcher said, but rather that the Dodgers “at times we feel like we know that we’re better than the other team, and we can lay back and relax.”
Grandal gave that interview after Dave Roberts‘ postgame media scrum, so Friday was the first time the Dodgers’ manager heard those words. His response was pointed and blunt.
Here’s what each man had to say on the topic of the Dodgers playing too relaxed:
Teammates had to separate Grandal and Justin Turner in the dugoutas they argued between the top and bottom of the seventh inning last night. Grandal made a baserunning error in the sixth inning that nearly cost the Dodgers a run.
Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings, Justin Turner hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie, and Kenley Jansen saved a 3-2 Dodgers win over the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here.
Rounds 3-10 of the draft were today. Here’s some background on the eight new Dodgers. I heard that at least one has already agreed to terms, though the team hasn’t officially announced anything yet.
Here are some eye-popping Kershaw notes from tonight. They seem to pop up every fifth day:
Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner are not in the Dodgers’ lineup Monday, the first of four games this week against the Angels. It’s a routine day off for both players, manager Dave Roberts said, who will expect to see plenty of plate appearances the rest of this week.
For Puig, it’s a day to rest his body and his mind: