LOS ANGELES – Yasmani Grandal had a shot to push, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth on Monday night, with the chance that a good swing could crumple the taunts and boos and threw she in the past.
An inning earlier, after dropping a high fastball and letting Ryan brown jog on the second base, fans all over Dodger Stadium began to sing, "We want Austin!" That was for Austin Barnes, Grandal's backup at Catcher, because confidence in him had shrunk during the National League Championship Series and they had had enough. They were tired of the outdated balls, the strikeouts and all the games that showed that Grandal was well below his stature as one of the league's top catchers.
And so, he was, one of the Los Angeles Dodgers' last hopes in Game 3, the potential ties running one night they did nothing next to the plate. But he swung as the Milwaukee Brewers approached a 4-0 win, and the Buhs started again.
"He's trying, he's If he tries his best, catchers have a lot to do," said Enrique Hernandez, the second baseman from Dodgers. , "It's all about them, they're involved in every field, they're involved in every situation of the game, it's the playoffs, it's the big leagues, if [the fans] can do it, move on, put on your gear, and Start 99 [mph] with breaking balls that have a lot of movement.
"You know, he was already. He's been one of the best catchers in the game for some time, and he has a bit of a rough surface, all of us as humans , as a baseball player, go through.
But Grandal's burglary, on the plate, and behind it comes at a bad time, his spotty defense coming first in Game 1 of this series – with a passed ball, catcher inference, and errors in the same inning – before reappearing on Monday His lack of production on the record is even more worrying as the Switch-Hitter should provide the Dodgers match-up versatility against the brewers' avaricious bullpen, instead having three hits in 22 post-season at-bats and scoring five goals in three games against the Brewers strike out.
Barnes will launch two games to one in Game 4 on Tuesday with the Dodgers Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Grandal will be ready to come off the bench, a likely possibility considering the number of times that Brewers change jugs Grandal fought criticizing his defense on Monday night by telling reporters, "I think it drives you more into the W sense as it drives me "and" I do not really hear the noise out there "and finally" my mind's off about each other, that's what keeps me healthy. "But he admitted that something had to change."
"I'm known for three things, take care of my pitchers, mount and bump," Grandal said, "who's going to be a sought-after free agent this winter?" I've got to come back to that. "
Grandal is one of the best baseball hits, if not the best, scoring 20 or more home runs in each of the last three seasons, finishing in 2018 with career highs in runs (65) and walks ( 72) The Dodgers miss this production, especially now that they hit the first three games of the NLCS just once before the seventh inning and were 0-10 in the scorer's position on Monday, with only two home runs in the series Series hit, and the long ball is usually a big factor in their offensive equation.
These are all troubles Grandal can fix when he is well, but his discipline has declined in the off-season and he gave up on play 3, that he hunts too many fields out of the batting zone, like the low cornering ball that Jeremy Jeffress forced on him in the ninth inning.
"I think at moments of leverage in the pits, I can see him getting a little too scared," Roberts said after the loss, and then immediately began to blame Grandal for a critical play in the sixth inning.
With Travis Shaw in the lead From third base, Grandal failed to handle a low curveball from starter Walker Buehler. The ball came to the left and Shaw came home to score the Brewers' second run. There was a wild playing field attributed to Buehler in the official score, but it initially appeared like another defensive misstep for Grandal. Buehler did not believe that after the game and said it was his fault as well as the ball splintered from the plate.
The catcher, feeling the heat from all sides, was even more urgent that the game was out of control.
"I think every person in baseball understands what it means to block a ball," Grandal said.
His next mistake, though less consistent, was inexcusable. That was when he dropped Alex Wood's high-pitch fastball out of his glove and into the dirt. Braun came in second without a throw. The fans started their call for Barnes, who will catch starter Rich Hill on Tuesday while Grandal is watching from the bench.
The Dodgers need Grandal in this series, they will need his defense to be much better, they will need a swing that turns it over. None of this will come at the beginning of Game 4. But the Dodgers will hope it comes soon before it's too late before Grandal's next chance to shake all those mistakes will be achieved in 2019.
"He had a tough night and obviously the fans have voiced their opinions and they are passionate, they want to win, they want the best of us all, especially in the postseason," Roberts said. "I know it's not personal, and I think it's just one of those things that they were just as frustrated as all of us."
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