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Chris Taylor speaks out on brain fart that closed door on Dodgers

Chris Taylor Mookie Betts Dodgers Braves

Just days after pulling off a clutch run in the ninth, the Los Angeles Dodgers were now victims of the same late-inning misfortune that they had previously benefitted from.

After yet another late-inning base hit from Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers were set to have a runner in scoring position and Mookie Betts coming to the plate. Instead, Chris Taylor tried to go from first to third and got caught up in a rundown before being tagged as the inning-ending out.

The Dodgers outfielder owned up to his mistake after the game, chalking it up as a mental error.

Via Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett:

Chris Taylor said he made a “bad read” on his baserunning in the 9th. Ball got to Joc Pederson faster than he expected. Thought the ball was hit more softly. Should have held at 2nd and let Mookie Betts try to drive him in.

The mistake proved costly as Austin Riley drove in Ozzie Albies to win it for the Braves in the bottom half of the inning.

Baseball has always been a game with razor-sharp margins and split-second decisions. The Los Angeles Dodgers felt that in a big way in Game 1, but the series has a long way to go.