Tonight was the opening game of a weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Snakes brought suitcases full of ridiculous uniforms, and the Dodgers brought Kenta Maeda to the party.
Oh yeah, they also brought big blue Dodger hearts that would not give up.
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Single for Adrian Gonzalez.
Walk to Andrew Toles.
Then Joc Pederson came up with a clutch, two out double to score both runners. 2-0
3rd inning Dodgers 2-0
Kenta Maeda getting the job done, holding the Snakes scoreless after three.
4th inning Dodgers 2-0
Howie Kendrick walked. Then he got two wild pitches to advance him to third with one out.
Andrew Toles slapped one of his patented doubles down the first base line to score Kendrick. 3-0
5th inning Dodgers 3-0
Maeda made it twice through the Snake’s lineup without giving up any runs. He ended the fifth inning at 73 pitches.
6th inning Dodgers 3-0
Maeda went 1,2,3 with an easy inning. Seven in a row retired.
The Dodgers returned the favor by going quietly. Eight Dodgers in a row kind of quietly.
Batten down the hatches and hold on to your hats. This next inning was the wildest of the season.
7th inning Dodgers 3-0
Maeda began the inning at 81 pitches.
He gave up a single to Paul Goldschmidt.
Castillo doubled to right-center, scoring Goldy. 3-1
That was it for Maeda. He left at 93 pitches, giving up only one run, and leaving a runner on second.
Adam Liberatore in. This was his first time back on the mound after a reported tweaked knee.
He walked his first batter.
Liberatore out. Joe Blanton in.
Base hit. Bases loaded.
Base hit. Move ’em up 90 feet. 3-2 with bases still loaded and only one out.
Blanton, pitching scared, or just lousy, walked in the tying run. 3-3
Blanton finally got the second out. Luis Avilan in.
(bases still loaded)
An infield single brought in another run and took the lead from the Dodgers. 4-3
Avilan out. Pedro Baez in.
Paul Goldschmidt came up for the second time in the inning, and on an 0-2 count, he blasted a bases clearing, Dodgers killing double, deep into the left-field corner. 7-3
With Andrew Toles on, Joc Pederson went down low and golfed one out and over the center field wall for a two run homerun. 7-5
Then with Scott Van Slyke on, Chase Utley smacked a two-run home run to tie the game! 7-7
Corey Seager hit a double, and the Snakes walked Adrian Gonzalez with one out, to face PH Yasiel Puig.
He sac flied to advance Seager to third.
Yasmani Grandal came through! A base hit right in the middle brought in Seager to break the tie – and retake the lead. 8-7
Whew! That wild and wooly seventh inning took 1 hour, 13 minutes to complete. It had 11 pitchers, 21 batters, and 12 runs.
8th inning Dodgers 8-7
With two out, the skipper brought in Kenley Jansen for a four-out save. One pitch, job done.
Chase Utley walked.
Corey Seager rapped a single to center that was bobbled, allowing Utley to score. 9-7
9th inning Dodgers 9-7
Kenley Jansen vs Snakes
Dodgers win a crazy one 9-7!
Kenta Maeda had a good night on the mound, pitching 6 1/3 scoreless innings. His fastball hovered around 90 mph. Every now and then he dropped in a beautiful 12 to 6 curveball for watched strikes.
Maeda made it 2 1/2 times through the Snake’s lineup, only giving up one run. Then he was pulled and hell was unleashed.
The bullpen absolutely set fire to everything in the seventh. A legitimate rally is one thing, but that crazy bases-loaded situation that the Dodgers bullpen just couldn’t clean up became a slow death by 1,000 singles. Then came what appeared at the time to be the deathblow – Goldschmidt’s three run double.
But the Dodgers didn’t give up. They put together an incredible comeback rally that featured twin two-run taters by Utley and Pederson. That was the most impressive comeback I’ve seen from the Dodgers all year.
Wow File: The seventh was a 52 pitch inning for the Dodgers.
Attaboy! Joc Pederson had 4 RBIs.
Cherry on top: Giants lost, so the Dodgers are only one game behind.
Kenta Maeda went 6 1/3 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, 5 K’s ERA 3.23
Home runs: Pederson, Utley
Team with RISP: 3 for 11 They actually should have scored plenty more tonight.