Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson was pulled from Monday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies for failing to hustle on a groundball in the eighth inning.

Pederson managed to drive Will Smith – who previously had doubled off Rockies pitcher Jon Gray – to home plate with a groundball out. However, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts determined that Pederson’s hustle down the line was inadequate and didn’t let him finish the game out.

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“You’ve got to run the ball out,” Roberts told reporters after the game, according to the Orange County Register. “There’s a certain way to play the game and I didn’t see the effort there.”

Pederson, who finished the game 0-for-4 with a defensive error, acknowledged that he was being “unprofessional” during his at-bat.

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“Yeah, it was unprofessional,” he said. “I let the emotions get the best of me. I need to – I’m better than that.”

The Dodgers lost the game, 9-1, and fell to 69-39 on the season.

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Pederson’s batting average dropped to .236 on the season. He has 23 home runs and 50 RBI on the season.



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