The Dodgers dropped to two games behind the Nationals in the fight for home-field advantage in the playoffs after losing last night, with the number of chances to gain ground dwindling. Tonight it was Jose De Leon‘s chance to bring the Dodgers closer to their final goal of the regular season.
My personal choice for the Dodgers’ MVP of 2016, Chase Utley, homered to begin the game. 1-0
With two out, Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer. 2-0
With bases loaded, the newest Dodger-killer, Hunter Renfroe knocked in two to tie the game. 2-2
The Padres later brought him in to take the lead. 2-3
3rd inning 2-3
Corey Seager on first. Gonzo blasted one to the wall to drive in Seager and tie the game again. 3-3
The Dodgers continued to pitch to last night’s villian, Renfroe, who hit a two-run home run to break the tie. 3-5
After his third walk of the game (and 5 runs), the skipper had seen enough.
De Leon out. Josh Ravin in. Job done.
Ross Stripling in. Another run scored 5-6
5th inning 5-6
Stripling stayed in and struck out the side.
7th inning 5-6
Jesse Chavez in. Job well done.
8th inning 5-6
Luis Avilan in. 1,2,3 inning, including a strike out of Renfroe.
Psssssshhhhhh….that was the sound of the air escaping from the Dodgers’ beach ball.
Dodgers lost 6-5
Even though the Nationals lost their game tonight, the Dodgers could not take advantage of the opportunity to get back to within one game of home field advantage. 6 of the last 8 games of the season must break the Dodgers’ way for them to earn home field advantage.
The Dodgers fought back well tonight, with the offense jumping out to a first inning lead on the strength of two home runs. They also came back twice more to tie the game after their pitching kept on bleeding runs – particularly to Renfroe, who collected 4 more RBI’s after his fistful of runs last night. The Dodgers now sit on the verge of being swept in San Diego.
Oh no! Andrew Toles grabbed his hamstring and limped back to the dugout after hitting a long fly out in his last at bat. But he seemed ok later in the dugout. Hmmm….
Some good news: Joc Pederson now has 25 home runs.
Gonzo heating up: Adrian Gonzalez picked up tow more RBIs tonight, including a HR. His BA is now at .284
Jose De Leon went 2 1/3 innings with 4 hits, 5 runs, 1 HR, 3 walks, 1 K. ERA 6.35
Home runs: Chase Utley, Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson
Team with RISP: 0 for 3