Austin Barnes Believes Dodgers Still Have Time To Catch Giants In NL West
Austin Barnes
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The Los Angeles Dodgers had their four-game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. It was the club’s 21st one-run loss of the season, which trails only the Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins (23) for the most in MLB.

“No, I don’t think so. We believe in everybody in this clubhouse and we believe this team knows how to win important games,” Austin Barnes answered when asked if he’s concerned by the Dodgers’ 13-21 record in one-run games.

“Obviously it’s not ideal losing those one-run games. The bullpen’s throwing the ball well, starters are throwing the ball well. It’s just those days that we need to do a little bit better job of scratching runs across.”

Although the Dodgers struggled to get anything going offensively in the finale against the Phillies, there were still plenty of positives to take away from the series. L.A. won the first two games and outscored Philadelphia, 13-2.

Despite this, Barnes couldn’t help but feel the Dodgers missed an opportunity to sweep one of the hottest teams in baseball. “I mean, this one hurts, but we’re going to turn the page,” he began.

“We feel good about our team. I feel like we’re going to start clicking and hopefully go on a good little streak here. We played pretty good baseball the last few days and then they got us.

“We’ll turn the page. I think we need to get on a good little streak here and start playing some good baseball.”

With their loss on Thursday, the Dodgers fell behind further in the National League West standings. The first-place San Francisco Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies and expanded their lead to five games with 47 remaining on the schedule.

“No, but we’ve got to get going,” Barnes answered when asked if the Dodgers are running out of time to catch the Giants. “We can’t worry about the Giants. Obviously we have to win baseball games. If we take care of what we’re supposed to take care of, it should take care of itself.

“Obviously the Giants are playing well, but we can’t be worried about them. We’ve got to be worried about the guys in our locker room and do what we have to do every day to win a baseball game.”

Buehler: Dodgers focused on ‘playing good baseball,’ not scoreboard watching

Earlier this week, Walker Buehler said the Dodgers haven’t done much scoreboard watching and only are focused on racking up wins.

“I think when you have the talent that we have and team that we have, honestly we’re more worried about playing good baseball and playing to our expectations than anything,” Buehler said.

“We kind of believe the rest will take care of itself in terms of the standings and everything. I think as long as we play to our capabilities, we’re going to be fine regardless of how all of that shakes out.

“I think that’s the big thing for us: getting healthy, to full strength and have everybody back in rhythm to go forward like that.”

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