PHOENIX -- Yasiel Puig walked out of the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse late Monday night and took a few long, purposeful strides toward the weight room across the hall. He opened the metal door and slammed it behind him. A minute or two later, the sounds of loud, rhythmic banging were coming from the other side of the wall.
It was, most likely, part of the right fielder's workout session (maybe a medicine ball thrown against the wall?), but it seemed to reflect the mood of a team that just endured its most frustrating loss of 2015, 10-6 to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Dodgers blew an early 4-0 lead and a late 6-4 lead.
"This is probably one of the worst [feelings] after a game all year, for me at least; just disappointing that you're able to get a lead and not hold on to it," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Early in the game, Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger was the only member of the team with an upset stomach. His malady was the result of eating some tainted oysters the day before in Miami, he thinks. By the end of the game, a bullpen that had elicited glowing praise from Mattingly just hours earlier gave up 10 runs in its five innings and the entire team felt nearly as awful as Bolsinger.
"I feel bad I taxed the bullpen the first day of the series," Bolsinger said. And just think: He's the only pitcher who actually performed his job well, with the possible exception of J.P. Howell, who got the Dodgers' last out at least.
Bolsinger's cramps worsened as the game went on, and, though he was on deck to bat in the fifth inning, Mattingly was pretty certain the best he could hope for out of him at that point was one more inning. So, he decided to go with pinch hitter Alex Guerrero, who struck out. That, indirectly, led to a landslide of bad outcomes for Dodgers' pitchers, with the Diamondbacks scoring at least two runs in each of the next four innings. Going into the game, the Dodgers' bullpen was among the best in the National League, statistically.
Some of Arizona's scoring came in maddening fashion, too. Mattingly wasn't exactly thrilled that two of his relievers, Adam Liberatore and Pedro Baez, paid so little attention to Arizona base runners that they pulled off double steals twice. Arizona had six stolen bases in all. Its hulking slugger, Paul Goldschmidt, stole two bags and has 15 steals on the season, more than the Dodgers' entire team.
The salt in the wound was another call that went against the Dodgers after instant-replay review, something that is quickly becoming one of Mattingly's biggest frustrations -- and he's certainly not alone among major league managers. Umpire Marty Foster ruled that Yasmany Tomas's sixth-inning home run would have cleared the left-field wall even if a fan hadn't reached over and interfered. The Dodgers, of course, didn't see it that way.
"If a ball's not clearly going out of the ballpark, I don't know how you can give a guy a home run," Mattingly said. "To me, that doesn't seem like it's one that should be clear and convincing. It's not about overturning a call. It's really about is it a home run or not, because they can't get out there and see it. There's no way their guys can see it. That should just be total replay."
Crew chief Mike Winters said umpires in New York told him they agreed with the call on the field, that the ball would have cleared the fence had it not hit the fan's forearm. The call stood.
"In our judgment, it was going to leave the yard anyway," Winters said.
The Dodgers could go around the room for a while before settling on the umpires as the culprits of this one. They let young pitcher Allen Webster off the hook with just one run in the first inning though the first 12 pitches he threw were balls. Justin Turner swung at one of those balls, a slider, and, with the bases loaded, Adrian Gonzalez hit into a rally-killing double play.
As usual, most of their scoring came on home runs. They didn't score after three fourth-inning solo home runs until Jimmy Rollins came up with a two-run, two-out single in the seventh.
"Each inning was kind of its own adventure," Mattingly said.
Mattingly was talking about trying to get Bolsinger through the game without him getting sick on the pitcher's mound, but he might as well have been talking about the entire game.