The Dodgers make three errors on one awful, ridiculous play

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I mentioned in the recaps that Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run against the Padres. You won’t believe how San Diego’s two unearned runs were scored. Or maybe you will. Because it all got kicked off by Yasiel Puig trying to do too much on a routine play.

Runners on first and second and one out. A fly out to center. No big deal. The play ends if Puig just eats the ball after he catches it. But he throws it offline to first in an effort to double off the runner there. The ball goes flying, which allows the runners to advance to second and third. OK, the play can end then, right?

Nope. A.J. Ellis, who backed up the errant throw to first base, was clearly infected by Puig’s enthusiasm and he throws the ball away over second base as he tries to nail the runner who advanced there. The lead runner heads home. OK. One run. Not too bad! Let’s get out number — wait, oh my God, Hanley, what are you doing?!

Hanley Ramirez — who was all the way out in center by the time this was going down — fields Ellis’ crappy throw and fires a crappy throw home of his own in an effort to get that lead runner. He’s way offline and it goes to the backstop. That lead runner, who was going to score anyway, scores, and runner who was originally on first base rounds third and heads home.

A.J. Ellis is probably pretty tired at this point. He ran down to first to back up Puig’s throw, fired it to the outfield, and then ran all the way back to his position and fielded Ramirez’s throw. That runner who was on first base when the play began is now chugging his way home. He should be dead to rights at home, where Kershaw is covering. Ellis picks it up and, welp, no, the throw is too late. Two runs in on what started out as a shallow fly to center.

Kershaw’s flip of the ball once the play is over says it all.

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Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”