Mattingly says Guerra can learn from first loss

Mattingly says Guerra can learn from first loss

LOS ANGELES -- The word Dodgers manager Don Mattingly kept coming back to Tuesday night when referencing his rookie closer's sudden and stunning demise was "uncharacteristic."

After Javy Guerra had suddenly lost the strike zone and walked three straight batters to allow the winning run to score, Mattingly said as much with a grim tone. A day later, he was already seeing the loss in a different light.

"In the long run, it's something that's good for Javy," said Mattingly, who also noted that Guerra wouldn't be available for Wednesday's series finale against Arizona. "You hate to say it because it cost you a game, but all the stuff that happens to these guys, the good stuff and the bad, is experience that you learn from."

Guerra has been dominant for most of the season. He has converted 18 of his 19 save opportunities and until Tuesday hadn't recorded a loss and had an ERA under 2.00.

Sure, the 10-inning loss irked Mattingly, but he noted that the club's focus for September is a little different because it is out of the pennant race.

"What you're looking at at this point in the season for us, is you're looking for development, and you're looking to see how guys are going to react, and you're looking to give guys experience, so when you get in that situation again, they've been there before," Mattingly said.