The Dodgers crawled out of a mostly self-dug hole to finally win a game and avoid a series sweep by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Dodgers dodged a bullet when Justin Turner was hit in the hand by a pitch in the first inning. He left the game in the second, but his x-rays came back negative. He’s now listed as day-to-day.
The Dodgers later pushed Chris Taylor over to score the first run of the game. They scored again in the third behind a small two out rally that was assisted by an error that brought Cody Bellinger home. The Dodgers were up 2-0 going into the bottom of the third.
After holding the Phillies scoreless for the opening two innings, Kenta Maeda gave up a double and a home run to tie the score in he third, and that was it for his day on the mound. Luis Avilan came in and threw a scoreless fourth. He was replaced by Josh Fields in the fifth. Fields immediately got himself in trouble with two base runners before recording his first out. Fields then erased those Phillies on the bases when he gave up a two-run double to put Philadelphia up 4-2 after five.
In the topif the sixth Curtis Granderson went down south and smashed a low pitch into the bleachers for a solo home run to bring the Dodgers within one. It was his second round tripper of the series.
Yasmani Grandal followed that up with a double that just missed being a homer by inches, but Logan Foutsythe left him on second with a weak fly ball to end the inning.
We got the pleasure of seeing another Walker Bueler audition in the sixth. His fastball was buzzing in at 98-99 mph, but he did walk one and allow him to steal by mostly forgetting he had a baserunner. On the other hand, he struck out two with his wicked fireball.
Andre Ethier led off the seventh with a solo HR to tie the game at four apiece and further his case for more playing time.
Chris Taylor followed that with a triple high off the R-CF wall. Taylor is so fast, I thought he might have a chance for an inside-the-park home run. He was arriving at third just as the ball got to the infield (on the ground). But with no out, there was no reason to gamble.
Regardless, tie game with a man on third and no out. Cody Bellinger knocked in Taylor with an infield bouncer. The Dodgers led 5-4.
Brandon Morrow took the mound in the seventh, and right away he upped the drama factor by allowing the first Phillie he faced to get on. He got his bearings straight and finished a scoreless inning with a pair of Ks. Just six outs to go.
With two on and two out in the eighth, Adrian Gonzalez came in to PH. He walked to load the bases for Chris “Standing Triple” Taylor. He chopped one to third for the final out.
Philadelphia made things interesting with a lead off single in the ninth, but Kenley got a double play and an infield ground out to complete the save and hold off the sweep.
Dodgers win 5-4, and they drop their magic number to one. Let’s hope they can give Tommy Lasorda the NL West flag for a birthday present tomorrow night.