A good night to take the long view

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By Jon Weisman

Baseball sends waves and waves of challenge, testing to see how well you can ride them — or recover from the wipeouts.

It’s what I love about the game, though clearly it’s hard to stomach when you’re going the wrong in the riptide.

Brett Anderson’s second start of 2016 rolled him only slightly less than his first. He allowed four runs in the first inning tonight and six runs overall in 3 2/3 innings, before leaving with a blister on his left index finger, in the Dodgers’ 11-1 defeat at Cincinnati that kept them half a game behind San Francisco in the National League West.

Brandon Finnegan no-hit Los Angeles until Adrián González lined a single to center to start the seventh. It was even closer to the third no-hitter against the Dodgers in the past 12 months than you might have feared, because rain stopped the game barely five minutes later. After 79 minutes, the teams came back to wrap things up.

It’s been a terrible two nights in Cincinnati for the Dodgers, outscored 20-3 so far. But the question, as it has always been, is how they respond. This is not the end of the line, however weird a line it’s been.

Baseball is never static. Baseball is process. A game isn’t an inning, a series isn’t a game, a season isn’t a series. Setbacks are inevitable. What comes after them is what it’s all about.

2 Comments

Very well put. This was just another night to forget.

While true, Stripling and Stewart should be pitching until Norris and Anderson have proven they are ready in OK.

And, why start Anderson without a long reliever available?

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