The Dodgers were down to their last strike three times in the top of the 9th, trailing by a run. These Dodgers fought back and won the game 6-4 coming into the second half of the season. I’m not surprised. Today Yasiel Puig was the hero as he hit a three run shot off the Marlins closer A.J. Ramos to give the Dodgers the lead. Kenley Jansen came in to close the door for the Dodgers seventh straight victory.
The game started off with Dan Straily taking on Brandon McCarthy. The Dodgers got on the board first in the top of the 2nd as Joc Pederson scored on an error by former Dodger Dee Gordon to take a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth the Marlins got on the board with a double by JT Realmuto that scored Martin Prado to tie the score.
The fireworks got going in the 5th inning. In the top of the 5th, Yasiel Puig hit a solo shot and the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Corey Seager hit a solo shot and the Dodgers took a 3-1 lead. The Marlins struck back in the bottom half of the inning. Giancarlo Stanton hit a double to score Dee Gordon. Jason Bour then hit a double to score two runs and the Marlins took a 4-3 lead.
Brandon McCarthy couldn’t get out of the 5th inning. The Dodgers and Marlins bullpens did a good job the rest of the way to keep the game scoreless until the 9th. With two outs in the top of the 9th, Joc Pederson with two strikes hit a single to keep the game alive. Yasmani Grandal then battled during his at bat. During his at bat, Pederson took 2nd on a wild pitch ball in the ground. Grandal ended up walking. Puig then came up and took two quick strikes.
The next pitch was a wild pitch to advance the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Puig then hit a majestic three run shot to secure the Dodgers 25th come from behind victory. They have won 27 of their past 31. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball and are 52-17 in their last 69. The magic ride will continue tomorrow.