Mattingly asks Gordon to harness aggressiveness

ATLANTA -- Manager Don Mattingly's forensic study of Jordan Schafer's bloop single in a pivotal sixth inning Friday night revealed shortstop Dee Gordon was too aggressive.

"Dee was in the spot where Carl [Crawford] could catch the ball," Mattingly said. "Carl saw him and pulled up. You could see Carl almost come to a stop three strides before and the ball hits closer to his feet."

The single started a one-out rally that included an error by third baseman Luis Cruz and a grand slam by Justin Upton off left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez, providing the decisive runs for Atlanta in an 8-5 Dodgers loss.

"I talked to Dee, and he said as soon as he peeled off, he felt he was in Carl's way," said Mattingly. "He knows he went too far. He was in no-man's land. It was kind of borderline. You want him to be aggressive, but you don't want bloopers dropping. It's a fine line. You want him to learn from it. You don't want to see it again. Part of it is knowing Carl plays shallow."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.