At 3:30 p.m. Friday, the Dodgers ushered the media out of their clubhouse and closed the doors. After four consecutive losses, all marred by sloppiness, Manager Dave Roberts sought to reinforce the importance of the game's fundamentals. He made the group laugh. He made the group applaud.
The doors opened a few minutes later.
And nothing changed.
A team meeting cannot be considered a cure-all, and Friday's 5-1 loss to San Diego served as proof. The offense was quieted by a career minor leaguer, wasting a stellar outing by Alex Wood. The rickety bullpen ignited at the hand of Chris Hatcher, the group's foremost arsonist this April. Hatcher decided the outcome when he...