Today the Dodgers brought the Sunday, sunny day, righty lineup to face the Diamondbacks in the last game of the homestand. Scott Van Slyke occupied first base, and Chris Taylor held second. Yasiel Puig returned to right field, and Kiké Enrique Hernandez returned to the big club to patrol center field.
Who knew this hot day which began with a funky lineup would end up being one of the highest scoring games of the season for the boys in blue?
After seven pitches Bud Norris pulled up as though he tweaked something on a pitch. There was a conference on the mound, and a couple of warm-up tosses, but Norris remained in.
After recording one out on a pop fly, the skipper lifted Norris, and replaced him with Ross Stripling, who quickly proceeded to give up a run before ending the inning. 1-0
With two on and two out, Yasmani Grandal walked to load the bases. This brought up Yasiel Puig. He worked a full count, and then harmlessly bounced one to third.
2nd inning Snakes 1-0
Kiké opened with a double.
Dodgers left him there.
3rd inning. Snakes 1-0
Three up, three down.
This was not looking good for the boys.
4th inning Snakes 1-0
With two out, a bounced pitch went up and inside Yasmani’s chest protector. The umpire ruled Wild Pitch and waved in the second Snake’s run. 2-0.
Stripling gave up another run, to make it 3-0.
Bases loaded, nobody out.
Here came Chris Taylor again. He chopped a high, bouncing worm killer to move everyone up 90 feet and get the Dodgers on the board. 1-3
Up came PH Adrian Gonzalez. DP, but Puig scored. 2-3
Howie Kendrick chipped an RBI single into right field, tying the game. 3-3
5th inning. New ball game 3-3
Luis Coleman in. A good inning, with two umpire-assisted strike outs.
Justin Turner blasted a double off the CF wall to lead off the inning.
Yasie Puig followed that one with a double of his own to score Turner and break the tie. 4-3
6th inning Dodgers 4-3
Luis Avilan in. Job done
Kendrick and Seager on with base hits. JT slapped a hopper into CF. RBI! 5-3
Yasmani Grandal then stepped up and crushed a three run home run! 8-3
7th inning Dodgers 8-3
This time it was Corey Seager‘s turn! Another three run bomb to CF. 11-3
8th inning Dodgers 11-3
Pedro Baez in. Job done. Eight Snakes down in a row.
Grandal opened up with a double.
Yasiel Puig followed with a double down the right field chalk that scored Grandal. 12-3
Joc Pederson in to PH for Baez. He jacked one out so far, and so fast, the RF didn’t bother to turn and chase it. 14-3
9th inning Dodgers 14-3
J.P. Howell in. Job done.
Dodgers win! 14-3
At first it looked like the Dodgers would suffer through a snake-bit loss today. They lost their starting pitcher in the first inning, gave up quick runs, and even lost a run to a one-in-a-million wild pitch call. Vin Scully has been around a long time. He’s seen just about everything, but Vinny said he’d never seen one like that wild pitch call today.
It looked bad early, but instead it turned out the Snakes would be the ones to suffer under a barrage of Dodgers’ long balls. After chipping away and erasing Arizona’s lead in the fourth and fifth innings, the Dodgers turned on the power, with (once again) twin three run blasts, this time from Grandal and Seager.
Kudos to the Dodgers’ bats:
- Grandal was red-hot today with a walk, a single, a double, and a home run. Yup, he just missed the cycle.
- Yasiel Puig had two doubles and a single.
- Corey Seager had three hits, 3 RBI’s, and scored 2 runs.
No Dodger pitcher lasted long enough today to earn a line in the recap.
Home runs: Grandal, Seager, Pederson
Team with RISP: 8 for 20 That’s what we like!