It’s hard to believe but the Dodgers had yet to win a series coming into Tuesday evening’s match against the Padres in the second game of the three game set with the Friars. It seemed that they were poised to do just that after Alex Wood turned in 5.1 innings of one-run ball and Matt Kemp launched a two-run blast in the first inning to put the Dodgers ahead early.
The boys in blue were leading 3-1 entering the bottom of the ninth inning and it looked like the stars were finally aligned for the Dodgers to secure a comfortable win. Unfortunately Kenley Jansen blew another lead as the Padres scored twice in the ninth to tie the score and the game went into extra innings. The Dodgers had to score four runs in the top of the twelfth, highlighted by Grandal’s two-run double, and Kyle Farmer’s two-run pinch-hit double to win their third consecutive game of the season.
The game started with a Chris Taylor single and Matt Kemp launched his third home run of the season over the center field wall to give the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead. Lost in the shuffle of another Kenley blown save, was Chase Utley being plunked in the second inning for the 200 time in his career. Save that ball for Cooperstown!
Dodgers 7 11 1
Padres 3 5 1
The Dodgers wasted a run in the fourth inning when Cody Bellinger tripled (just over the leaping glove of Hunter renfroe) to lead-off the frame but was left stranded at third. Opposing starter Bryan Mitchell Got consecutive grounders from Yasiel Puig, and Yasmani Grandal, plus an inning ending fly out from Kyle Farmer. The Dodgers did add another run in the fifth frame when Taylor walked, Corey Seager singled and Kemp’s sacrifice fly plated Taylor to put the Dodgers up by a 3-0 score.
Things looked ideal as Wood breezed along. The San Diego top of the order was 0 for 14 with ten whiffs until the ninth inning. Wood was good, until he wasn’t in the bottom of the sixth. Carlos Asuaje doubles and pinch-hitter Matt Szczur walks. The Dodgers caught a break when Jose Pirela accidentally runs into his own batted ball and is called out. The runners are forced to return to their respective bases. Freddy Galvis’s grounder back to the box should have been an easy inning ending double play, but Wood throws the ball wide of the second base bag, allowing Asuaje to score and Szczur to advance to third.
The Dodgers remove Wood and bring in Tony Cingrani, who has been the Dodgers most reliable reliever thus far. Cingrani strikes out Eric Hosmer before being lifted for J.T. Chargois, who in turn also strikes out his man, Renfroe to end the inning. The Dodgers still lead 3-1.
Chargois gets the first two outs of the seventh before making way for Pedro Baez. He may be slow, but he pitched fantastic tossing an inning and a third and striking out four.
In the bottom of the ninth, Kenley Jansen enters the game to try and close out a 3-1 Dodger win. Unfortunately he’s still broken and we don’t know what the heck is wrong with him. Hosmer promptly greets him with a solo home run and the Padres close the gap to 3-2. Dread begins to fill Dodger fans again. But Kenley recovers to strike out Renfroe and gets Christian Villanueva to fly out to deep center to put the Dodgers within one out of a win. If it had not been for this amazing catch from Taylor, the Dodgers would have lost.
But this is the 2018 Dodgers and you should know by now that a comfortable win is just not in the cards. Jansen walks Franchy Cordero, (who steals second) and then Kenley balks the runner over to third. Pinch-hitter Chase Headley’s double scores the tying run and here we go again into extra innings.
We move into the tenth and Ross Stripling is on the mound. The Dodgers had to wiggle out of a jam like David Copperfield in order to not lose. After Stripling walked Spangenberg, Pirela and intentionally walked Hosmer, He strikes out Renfroe and Villanueva.
Move to the twelfth. Tyler Webb gives up a single to Seager and Enrique Hernandez follows with a walk. After a Bellinger force out, Yasmani Grandal’s line drive two-run single scores two to put the Dodgers ahead 5-3. Two batters later Kyle Farmer would double in Grandal and Utley and the Dodgers would lead by a 7-3 score.
Right hander Josh Fields strikes out Spangenberg in the bottom of the twelfth for the first out. Puig makes a nice shoestring catch on Pirela’s sinking liner for the second out. One batter later Fields whiffs Hosmer swinging for the final out. The Dodgers win!!!
Before the game the Dodgers optioned Breyvic Valera and recalled Max Muncy. The infielder is expected to play third base tomorrow. He singled in the eleventh inning of tonight’s game. They also sent Zach Neal to the Reds along with first baseman Ibandel Isabel for reliever Ariel Hernandez.