Dodgers’ Miguel Rojas angry at ‘unfair’ conditions at Wrigley Field after rain-out loss to Cubs

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CHICAGO – The raindrops that accumulated on the field Sunday afternoon did not reach the level of Lake Michigan at Wrigley Field, but the Los Angeles Dodgers still lost 8-1 to the Chicago Cubs. By the time the tarp finally came onto the field in the middle of the fourth inning, Miguel Rojas’ frustration was over.

The veteran infielder, who had made an error just before the stoppage and was out of the batsman’s box an innings earlier, went straight to the umpires when the stoppage was reached, and expressed his displeasure at how long it took and what he Said. Safety hazards from “unfair” field conditions in rain-soaked opening innings.

“I’m playing in a puddle of water,” Rojas said. “Everyone can see it. Those are not the best conditions. I slid into home plate. Something could have happened there, not only to me but to anyone in the team. Not just on our team. We are talking about players. We have to take care of each other and I sometimes feel that winning the match in just five innings is not the right way to do it.

The Dodgers’ infield defense was a dismal mess before the stoppage. Ian Happ’s chopper to lead off the bottom of the first inning took a rogue hop and hit Freddy Freeman at first base. Nico Horner’s ground ball remained true and rolled into the glove of shortstop Mookie Betts two innings later. And after stopping in the middle of the inning to apply a quick dry solution (which was not cured due to the still-ongoing rain), Rojas misfired on a throw that bounced into a puddle near first base and scored a run. allowed to come home and made it 6-0, Chicago.

Rojas, who was making his first start at third base since 2020, did not blame the wet conditions for the error. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts dismissed the idea that the club committed three errors in four innings due to the wet field.

But Rojas was still angry, and expressed those frustrations even more hours later, after all nine innings were completed (and after a two-hour, 51-minute delay).

The veteran said he was chatting with third-base umpire Mike Estabrook about the state of the game during the early innings. It had been raining since the start of Sunday’s rubber match, and both clubs’ upcoming schedules offered few opportunities for makeup games and the usual off days if they were unable to complete nine innings. Rojas said, Estabrook told him they were “trying to move the game forward,” completing the game in at least five innings so it could be official and not have to be suspended until a later date.

“We all understand,” Rojas said. “We’ve been playing the game of baseball a long time and we understand the business side of it. We’re trying to get a game, because we’re going out here and we’re not playing any other games here in Chicago. We’re not just trying to get this game. We’re trying to play 162 games, finish the season and end the year strong.

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Multiple Dodgers expressed concern about the condition of the field, saying it was “not good” and potholes were seen throughout the field. They were upset that, in the middle of the inning, he stopped the game without delay for about 10 minutes to apply a drying agent on the infield, interrupting reliever Gus Worland’s outing after two batters and right. The player at hand was forced to keep warm. -Toss up to stay loose. This angered Roberts when he prevented Cubs left-hander Shota Imanaga from working on the mound in the middle of the inning.

Roberts said, “I think everyone agreed that we wanted to try to wrap up the five, even knowing the conditions weren’t going to be ideal.” “I didn’t like stopping the game right there in that fourth inning when we had already faced a few batters. And then apparently the field became unfit for play.”

Rojas argued that the delay should have started much earlier.

“Nobody wants to sit here for two hours and have that much of a rain delay, but it’s our job,” Rojas said. “We have nowhere to go. We were going to be here until 7 pm anyway and we were going to go to Minnesota tomorrow and we were going to play another baseball game. It would have been the same thing. Just call the game a little earlier so they can work on the field later.”

The field appeared to be in much better condition after the delay, and the Cubs and Dodgers were able to complete the remaining games without any problems. As the Dodgers’ bus loaded for the flight to Minneapolis, the rain began again.

“Today was one of those games we want to wash out,” Roberts said.

They will not have to go far to find water.

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