The Dodgers were down 0-5 after four innings. They had the Twins exactly where they wanted them.
If this were any other season, Brock Stewart‘s horrible outing as a starting pitcher trying to fill in for the injured Clayton Kershaw would have probably been the story of the night. But this isn’t an ordinary season. This season is looking more magical every night, and tonight’s ninth inning walk off victory was the latest example.
Stewart was charged with five runs to start the game, but he wasn’t helped much by some atrocious and ill-timed errors behind him. All five runs were unearned, so there’s that in Brock’s defense. But enough of that. The real story is the boys coming back from the dead – yet again, to win in dramatic, walk off fashion.
The Dodgers were down 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth, when Joc Pederson started the climb up Comeback Mountain with a solo home run. Yasiel Puig did his part by adding a solo homer of his own in the fifth. Twitter and television went wild over Puig’s reaction when he returned to the dugout after his home run trot. He went over to hitting coach Turner Ward, hugged him, and then proceeded to playfully kiss Ward on the back of the head, and then on the cheek. It was joyous, fun, and showed everyone watching the very special relationship that has developed between Puig and his coach.
Meanwhile, there was a lot of baseball left, the Dodgers had cut the deficit to three runs, and everyone in the Dodgers Nation knew this game was in reach. First, the bullpen would have to stop the bleeding, and that’s exactly what Ross Stripling , Brandon Morrow and Pedro Baez did over the next four innings.
The Dodgers needed runs, and they got them with a seventh inning rally that culminated in a clutch Chase Utley double to score Logan Forsythe and Yasmani Grandal. It was 5-4, Twins, and the Minnesota boys were starting to look worried in their dugout.
Logan Forsythe hit a sacrifice fly to score Justin Turner and tie the game in the eighth.
The Dodgers used Kenley Jansen for the second half of the one-two combo, and the Twins were shut down in the ninth. The stage was set for the inevitable walk off.
Yasiel Puig came up and I was hoping for the dramatic game-winning home run, but that wasn’t meant to be. Puig grounded out on the second pitch. Austin Barnes PH for Kenley, and he rapped out a single. The winning run was on first base, and the Twins were doomed.
Chris Taylor singled, sending Barnes into scoring position. Corey Seager grounded out for the second out, but both runners advanced. No worries. Justin Turner came up and was quickly behind 0-2. Everything was falling into place. Turner drove the next pitch into left field for a single, and Barnes brought the winning run home. It was magnificent.
If you missed it, don’t fret, the Dodgers will be doing this all …year…long.
Dodgers Win 6-5! They sweep the Twins. NEXT!
Day off tomorrow. The Giants come to Chavez Ravine for the weekend.