If I were to tell you that the Dodgers were on pace for 120 wins this year, what would you say? Better yet what if the Dodgers didn’t lose again for the rest of the season? Would you ever get bored of the Dodgers winning? Would the Dodger’s domination start to make things uninteresting for you? Do you need challenge or strife to keep things from getting tedious? Not me I tell you. The Dodgers could win every single game for the rest of the season and I would be just fine and dandy with that. They just might do that actually.
The Dodgers won again on Saturday afternoon in walk-off fashion, defeating the Royals with a 5-4 score with four walks in the bottom of the tenth to win their 60th game of the season. This was their sixth walk-off win of the season and they’ve now won 25 of their last 29 games.
Royals 4 11 0
Dodgers 5 8 0
The Royals didn’t make it easy for the boys in blue, that’s for sure. Kansas City scored one run in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings to overcome a 3-1 deficit and take a 4-3 lead. But the Dodgers would battle back, as they have done all season long. Cody Bellinger’s blast in the bottom of the eighth tied the game and sent it to extra innings.
The Dodgers jumped out in front early with a 3-0 lead. They scored twice in the second and one more in the third against opposing starter Ian Kennedy. Kennedy would last six innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits and struck out seven. In the second frame, Cody Bellinger would walk and Joc Pederson slugged a two-run home run over the right field wall to put the Dodgers ahead by a 2-0 score. The Dodgers added one more in the third when Chase Utley and Corey Seager reached on consecutive singles and Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly scored Utley to put the Dodgers up 3-0.
The Royals would battle back against Dodger’s starter Brandon McCarthy. The lanky right hander pitched well enough to win, but lost his command during the middle innings. Sound familiar? In the top of the fourth, Jorge Bonifacio singled and Lorenzo Cain walked. Eric Hosmer singled to center which normally would have scored Bonifacio, but Joc came up gunning and throws out Bonifacio at the plate with a laser throw. Yasiel Puig would be proud. Unfortunately the Royals didn’t give up and Salvador Perez singles to center to plate a run and the deficit was cut to 3-1.
With two outs in the fifth frame, Whit Merrifield doubles and then advances to third on a wild pitch from McCarthy. With Bonifacio at the plate a passed ball scores Merrifield to make the score 3-2 and the Royals edged a little closer.
Move to the seventh inning and Brandon Morrow comes in to replace McCarthy. However the Dodger relievers are surely tired from having to pitch in nearly every game. Morrow gives up a single to Alcides Escobar and then strikes out Alex Gordon. Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss walks and Merrfield’s ground ball single into left field scored Escobar to tie the game at 3-3. After another base hit to put runners at second and third, the Dodgers bring in Pedro Baez to try and escape further damage. Unfortunately Yasmani Grandal injures his hand or thumb and has to be removed as well. Baez does his job by whiffing Cain and getting Hosmer to ground out.
The game wasn’t without its drama though. After the top of the seventh inning, Cain was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Miller for arguing balls and strikes. Of course I was heart-broken over this…..
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The Dodgers go down in order in the bottom of the seventh inning and Baez returns to the mound in the top of the eighth inning. Me thinks he might be a bit overused this season as evidenced by his game logs over the last several weeks….
Salvador Perez’s solo home run to lead off the top of the eighth puts the Royals up 4-3 and the Dodgers in danger of losing a game. one out later Escobar singles and Luis Avilan has to come in and strike out Gordon. Sergio Romo is called in to strike out pinch-hitter Jorge Soler.
In the bottom of the eighth inning Cody Bellinger bombs one off of Joakim Soria into the left field pavilions to tie the game at 4-4. Dodger Stadium goes nuts as Bellinger records his 25 home run of the season. Kenley Jansen pitches a perfect ninth inning and we move to the bottom of the ninth.
Former Dodger Peter Moylan enters to retire the Dodgers in order and we move into extra innings. Corey Seager’s two-base error in the top of the tenth almost ruined everything. Fortunately Ross Stripling retires the side in order to preserve the tie.
In the bottom of the tenth, Scott Alexander comes in and does his finest Fernando Rodney impression. Utley draws the first walk and steals second base. Then Seager walks. Justin Turner walks as well to load the bases with nobody out. The Kansas City infield comes up and the Dodgers are poised for more magic. The Royals bring in Kelvin Herrera in a last ditch effort to keep the game going. Herrera immediately walks Bellinger to force in a run and the Dodgers win it again!
Unbelievable. The Dodgers are now 60-29 and become the first MLB team to reach 60 wins. The boys in blue are also 38-11 at home. The Dodgers wrap up the first half of the 2017 season on Sunday afternoon as they look for a sweep. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound as Kansas City will counter with Danny Duffy. What a team!