Stop the presses! The Dodgers have won their third game in a row and they knocked my socks off doing it.
The Phillies were hot before they hit L.A., and the Dodgers’ starting rotation has pitched like the real deal for the past week, so things were getting very interesting in Chavez Ravine.
When last we met Brandon McCarthy , he led off the current Dodgers pitching hot streak. Could he continue it on a cotton candy Saturday night?
In the first inning Andrew Toles belted one over the CF wall to lead off the game’s scoring.
That held up until the Phillies got to McCarthy with a couple of hits and a big 3-run blast to take the lead and crush the Dodgers’ dreams of a one to nothing victory. Just like that, they were down by two.
Then the Phillies did something almost unheard of in Dodgerdom these days, they scored for a second inning in a row, by knocking in a run with two out. The cheesesteaks were up 4-1 after four and a half.
The boys played dead until their half of the seventh, when Cody Bellinger punched out his first bomber of the year, cutting the run deficit in half.
In the eighth the Phillies got that run right back with a solo homer. It was 5-2 and the Dodgers were quickly running out of outs.
In the meantime, the Phillies were loose and playing “Bubble gum Baseball Cap” on their side of the field.
The Dodgers made some noise in the eighth with a Seager walk followed by a baby single from Gonzalez. Then Yasmani Grandal weakly struck out. The usual.
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The Dodgers punched three consecutive home runs to tie the game! Yasiel Puig led off the ninth with a solo home run that landed halfway up the pavilion in CF. Cody Bellinger hit one out and the crowd sat up and acknowledged the Dodgers had a chance. With the stadium buzzing, Justin Turner came off the bench and blasted a home run of his own into right field to tie the game at five. Dodger Stadium was going bonkers from the Top of the Park gift shop right down to the dugout steps.
Austin Barnes slapped a base hit. The stadium was abuzz and Bobblehead Night Corey Seager stepped to the plate with two out. Seager rapped out a single to set the table for the Butter and Eggs Man. Adrian Gonzalez fouled off a number of pitches with two strikes as the crowd held its breath.
Then A-Gon got a piece of one! He beat it into the ground toward the hole at shortstop. That ball must have had butter all over it, as it evaded two Phillies and Austin Barnes brought the winning run to home plate along with every other Dodger from the dugout.
With three consecutive home runs and a bleeder from their dean, the Dodgers climbed what looked like an impossible mountain to beat the Phillies and steal their third win a row.
What a finish!
Three Times Really are a Charm: This is the first time this season the Dodgers have won three in a row.
Reality Check: Their biggest accomplishment so far is to finish the first month of the season at .500
One for the Cody Bellinger Marching and Chowder Society: After hitting 50+ home runs in the minors, Cody unleashed his first two ML home runs tonight (both solo dingers).
I Need a Friend: The Dodgers hit five home runs – all solo.
Brandon McCarthy went 5 innings with 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 3 Ks and 1 HR. ERA 3.10