Dodgers 'show and go' after long travel night

Dodgers 'show and go' after long travel night

LOS ANGELES -- As if blowing a four-run lead and getting swept by the Pirates weren't enough, the Dodgers had an ordeal to make it back to Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The club's 13-6 loss in Pittsburgh, which was featured on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, lasted 3 hours and 39 minutes and ended just after 8:45 p.m. PT. From there, the players took a flight which didn't arrive in Los Angeles until after 4 a.m.

After a week of being on Eastern time during a six-game road trip, the team was required to be at the ballpark less than 12 hours later to start a three-game series against Washington.

The result in the series opener was an 8-3 loss to the Nationals, with Carl Crawford's two-out, three-run homer in the ninth providing the only L.A. runs.

"It's rough," was all a groggy Jimmy Rollins was willing to say about the team's travel before Monday's game.

To avoid any potential hangover, Monday's starter Brett Anderson flew home earlier on Sunday so he wasn't subject to such a late night in preparation for his start. Anderson had his roughest outing of the season Monday, allowing seven runs over five-plus innings.

The team didn't have batting practice before Monday's game and few players were in the clubhouse hours before the game.

On the videoboard in the team's clubhouse that usually shows a pregame agenda for players, detailing when to be dressed, stretched and take batting practice, all it said Monday was "Show and GO."

The club sported a lineup on Monday that didn't include All-Stars Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal, which manager Don Mattingly detailed as a fortunate coincidence with facing a left-hander on the mound in the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez.

Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.