The Dodgers finally got off the proverbial schneid beating the Giants 4-3 and snapping a five game losing streak. In the process they avoided being swept at Dodger Stadium which would have been quote embarrassing. It only took them 12 innings to do it though. It took 12 innings, 16 runners left on base and another blown lead in the late innings from the bullpen. Andrew McCutchen’s three-run home run off of Caleb Ferguson in the seventh inning erased a 3-0 Dodger lead and nearly killed them. The Dodgers hung in there and eventually won it in the bottom of the twelfth on Dozier’s walk-off sacrifice fly. Despite all of that they were able to pull out a win. Thank god.
Left hander Hyun-jin Ryu came off the disabled list and provided the Dodgers with six shutout innings. Ryu was excellent allowing just three hits and striking out six without walking anyone. Opposing starter Derek Holland was pretty good too, holding the Dodgers to six hits and four walks over 4.2 innings while striking out seven. Neither starter was involved in the decision. The game was decided much later in the evening.
The Game was scoreless in the fifth inning when the Dodgers had a golden opportunity to take the lead and almost did. Brian Dozier’s ground-rule double and an intentional walk to Manny Machado put two runners on for Matt Kemp. Bison’s broken bat flare into center should have scored Dozier, but San Francisco center fielder Gorkys Hernandez fired a missle to Buster Posey who tagged out Dozier by an eye lash. The official replay confirmed the play. Dozier’s head first slide was a tad too late.
Giants 3 6 0
Dodgers 4 14 0
The Dodger bats perked up in the sixth and seventh innings against the San Francisco bullpen. Yasiel Puig doubled and came around to score on a Joc Pederson sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the seventh the Dodgers plated two more runs. Justin Turner walked and Manny Machado doubled past the third base bag to score JT and give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Machado had a great game collecting three hits and reaching base four times. Later in the inning Matt Kemp’s RBI single knocked in Machado to put the Dodgers ahead 3-0. Speaking of resurgences, Kemp had two hits as well, and reached base three times.
The lead didn’t hold. JT Chargois did his job with a scoreless seventh inning, but McCutchen’s three-run shot tied the score shocking the home faithful and nearly sending yours truly into a fit of rage. That’s now six consecutive games where the Dodger bullpen has blown a lead in the final three innings.
With the game tied at 3-3 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Dodgers had a chance for a walk-off and to dispel some demons. The Dodgers had a problem though; they had used up all of their position players. So when Chris Taylor singled and stole second putting himself into scoring position, the Dodgers had to use Kenta Maeda as a pinch-hitter. Ty Blach struck him out of course and onto extra innings we went.
Horrific visions of Enrique Hernandez pitching in Philadelphia filled my head. In order to not get to that point the Dodgers had to score soon. They were running out of bullets. Scott Alexander took the mound in the top of the tenth and nearly blew it again, but he got himself out of it. A Hunter Pence single and a sacrifice bunt put a runner in scoring position for the Giants, but Alexander got three grounders to keep the game tied. I would love to see more of the good Alexander, and not the one giving up walk-offs.
The Dodgers stranded two more runners in the bottom of the tenth and then turned to Pedro Baez to pitch the top of the eleventh. Baez was actually effective pitching two scoreless innings and picking up the win. In the bottom of the twelfth, Yasmani Grandal led off with a double. Max Muncy singled him to third and Dozier’s sacrifice fly scored the winner.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a productive positive night. The Dodgers gained a game on the Rockies and a half game on the idle Dbacks. They’re now 1.5 games behind in the NL West, moving back into second place. The Dodgers will pack up and fly to Seattle where they will open a three game series on Friday night against the Mariners. Walker Buehler will open the series against left hander Wade LeBlanc.