Chris Taylor’s scary collision with wall sums up Dodgers series vs Giants

Thomas Carannante
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 12: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers leaves the game after running in to the way trying to catch a ball hit by Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning at Oracle Park on June 12, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 12: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers leaves the game after running in to the way trying to catch a ball hit by Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning at Oracle Park on June 12, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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It was a nightmare series for the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco. The Giants swept the NL West leaders and now trail LA by only 3.5 games. The Dodgers’ lead in the division has dwindled to a half-game.

On top of that, Walker Buehler will miss at least two months of action after suffering from forearm/elbow pain, the offense went 2-for-24 with runners in scoring position and scored four runs in three games, and the defense committed three errors.

That’s not Dodgers baseball by any means. Embarrassing, in fact. They had a chance to put the Giants in a deeper hole and did the exact opposite, and just about everyone is to blame.

The exact moment that summed up the series? Chris Taylor colliding with the left field wall in the eighth inning of Sunday’s series finale. The veteran tried to track down a fly ball off the bat of Mike Yastrzemski, bobbled it after battling the sun, and then went face-first into the wall.

Though he’s OK right now and didn’t require any tests for a concussion, he came up bloody and suffered a bruise and cut over his right eye.

Chris Taylor had a nasty collision with the wall during Sunday’s Dodgers-Giants game

If that wasn’t enough, manager Dave Roberts decided to challenge the ruling on the field for some reason, even though it was clear as day the ball bounced off the wall after hitting Taylor’s glove.

So … yeah. Just about everyone associated with the Dodgers was off their rocker for this weekend series. LA scored just two runs in the final 22 innings of the series despite a 13-hit afternoon on Saturday, which featured two massive chokes with the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings.

Toss this one in the trash and forget about it. The Dodgers have a day off on Monday before picking up the action against the reeling LA Angels in the annual Freeway Series.

If there’s one team to run into after dropping nine of your last 13, it’s the Angels, who are an impossible 2-16 over their last 18 games.

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