SAN FRANCISCO – Dave Roberts and Cody Bellinger seem to have different interpretations of what it means to be on the field. The Los Angeles Dodgers manager made sure his version prevailed.
During the Dodgers' fifth defeat in their last six games, a 4-2 setback Sunday at the hands of the San Francisco Giants, Roberts pulled his first base star out of the game in an inning, after Bellinger did not hurry to a deep ride had run, then doubled on a liner to shortstop.
The combination of games irritated Roberts, whose club when opening with a 12-15 played far below expectations, has achieved record after reaching the World Series last fall.
Bellinger, the unanimous National League rookie of 2017, shattered a liner to the right middle field gap by fifth with Los Angeles 4-0. Although the ball bounced off the wall in the deepest part of the baseball stadium – the so-called Triples Alley – Bellinger made no attempt to finish third.
"I felt that the game was not hectic," Roberts said. "He hit a ball 421 feet into the right midfield and he went to second base … You have a real fielder (Dodgers team-mate Kike Hernandez) who chilled the previous day and vomited and he dives out there and that Cody is not in third base, and we've talked about that before, I would not do him or the team any service if I'm not acting. "
Bellinger, 22, admitted it was 2-3 o'clock He denied Roberts' claim that he had a match not drilled on Sunday double and said he only play sly baseball.
"I've always played hard game," Bellinger said. "I have some kind of swing on the corner ball, on my knee, we're down four runs, I'm not trying to get on the basics, he saw what he saw, so everything is fine."
The disagreement became It was probably aggravated when Kyle Farmer tore a liner to the right of shortstop Brandon Crawford two shots later, making a dive and doubling Bellinger's second to end the inning. It was an excellent game, but right in front of Bellinger, who was not sure the ball went through before he started.
Bellinger actually stayed in the game for the bottom half of the fifth and was not pulled out until the sixth, when Max Muncy initially defensively replaced him. Bellinger, venturing with a .827 OPS, said he did not get any explanation from Roberts for bringing him out, but he will not let the incident affect his playing style.
"I'll keep playing as I do," he said. "I do not think anyone can tell me how to play, I always play hard."
On the way to their first World Series appearance since 1988, the Dodgers shot at 104-58 last season best plate of the majors. They have not nearly reached that level this year, rising to .500 only once at 11am to 10am, then falling three games lower with their last skid.
And now they are on their way to Chase Field, their own home of horror, for a four-game series starting Monday. Northwest Arizona Diamondbacks have beaten LA in five of their six encounters this season, including three games in early April in Phoenix.
So it's quite possible that Roberts, who could defeat a rising star like Bellinger, sent a message that it was time for his club to break out of his listless start.
Said he sounded more frustrated than usual, the normally optimistic Roberts said:
"You lose three out of four to a division enemy and … we just have to play better baseball. We have to win some baseball games."  Autoplay