After another excruciating extra innings game, which the Dodgers won last night on a Cody Bellinger home run, both the Dodgers and the Brewers were hoping for something different under the afternoon sun today. Nobody had any idea what the baseball gods had in store for them today.
The game didn’t start very efficiently, and was actually pretty sloppy. Both starting pitchers were done after just four innings, and it was up to the bullpens to stave off runs. That didn’t happen. Not by a long shot.
Dodgers starter Rich Hill‘s main weapon, the curveball, wasn’t sharp today. As a result, he was over 90 pitches after just four innings. In the bottom of the first, Hill was the victim of an Enrique Hernandez throwing error which led to a Brewer score, and he later wild pitched a run home. He also gave up a solo home run for the Brewers third run.
By the fifth inning it was a brand-new ball game. The starting pitchers were both gone, it was up to the bullpens, and the Brewers were ahead 3-2.
In the sixth, the Dodgers pulled off a double steal to take second and third with Yasiel Puig at bat. The gamble paid off when the very next pitch went to the backstop and Chris Taylor brought home the Dodgers’ third run, which tied the game. Puig followed on the next pitch with a base hit to left that brought home Kike Hernandez and the go ahead run.
Chris Hatcher got two innings today. He pitched a scoreless sixth, but ran into big time trouble in the seventh. Hatcher walked three batters and balked in the inning. He left with the bases-loaded.
In came Josh Fields, and out went the baseball on an immediate grand slam by Travis Shaw. Just to put a cherry on top, Fields gave up a solo home run to the next batter. In less than two minutes the Brewers scored five runs and went from losing 4-3 to being up 8-4. Dodgers Twitter went ape-shite, but luckily the boys in blue maintained focus, and just kept plugging away.
In the eighth Puig picked up an RBI while being robbed of a hit by the Brewers’ shortstop. The boys were down 5-8.
The Dodgers caught some breaks (walk, error, PH single) in the ninth to get right back into the game. Cody Bellinger came up with bases loaded and one out. He went to a full count, and walked to bring in a run. Suddenly it was Brewers 8-6, one out, and the bases were still loaded.
Then Chris Taylor happened! VA-VOOOOM! Taylor belted a grand slam to deep center field that put the Dodgers up 10-8.
Dodgers Twitter again went ape-shite. This time in a good way.
Manager Dave Roberts declared before the game that Kenley Jansen was not available today after two innings and 33 pitches last night, but the skipper changed his mind and sent the big man out to save today’s game after all. Jansen rose to the challenge, shut down the stunned Brewers, and saved the win.
Dodgers Win 10-8!
Logan Forsythe sat out the game with right hip flexor tightness. Stay tuned.
What will the boys do for an encore? Kenta Maeda will take the mound in an 11 a.m. PST start tomorrow morning.
Rich Hill went four innings with 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 ER, 4 walks, 5 Ks, 1 HR ERA 4.15