Just when we thought the Dodgers were dead and buried. Left in the bone yard, they rose from the ashes like a Phoenix to surprise us. Speaking of Phoenix, this game had to stick in their crawl. The Dodgers (king of the solo shots) down 2-1 in the eighth inning clubbed two late inning home runs, a pinch-hit home run from Enrique Hernandez in the seventh and then another solo shot from Justin Turner in the bottom of the eighth to put the boys in blue ahead for good. Even better both of the home runs were hit off turncoat and former Dodger Zack Greinke. Kenley Jansen held the Dbacks scoreless in the top of the ninth (surviving a bit of a scare) and the Dodgers beat the Snakes 3-2 to pull back within a game of the National League West lead. What a show!
The game began terribly for the Dodgers as Korean southpaw Hyun-jin Ryu allowed an infield single to Steven Souza Jr. which preceded a monster two-run home run from Dodger killer Paul Goldschmidt. The big man was doing Goldschmidt things again. He was 2 for 4 with two runs batted in. The Dbacks led early 2-0.
With the Dodgers trailing by two, the game turned into a classic pitching match-up between Ryu and Greinke. For all of our teasing, Greinke pitched pretty well. But Ryu nearly matched him. The Dodgers got on the board in the bottom of the third when Yasiel Puig flared one over Ketel Marte’s head and was sacrificed to second. Joc Pederson’s RBI single plated Puig to pull the Dodgers to within a run.
Dbacks 2 5 0
Dodgers 3 6 1
Both pitchers dueled until late in the Chavez Ravine evening. In the bottom of the seventh the Dodgers decided to pull Ryu with two outs and nobody on base. For the record that turned out to be the play of the game, as Enrique Hernandez smashed a pinch-hit opposite field home run off of a frustrated Greinke to tie the score.
In regards to Ryu, he was masterful. The left hander mixed his pitched beautifully, kept the Arizona batters off balance and induced weak contact. Ryu turned in seven innings, allowing just the two runs on four hits with five strikeouts. He didn’t walk anyone but was not able to get the win. As for Greinke, well that’s another story. There’s sure to be some second guessing on Tory Luvollo’s part. The Dbacks left him in after the Hernandez home run, and he batted for himself in the top of the eighth. Thankfully Dylan Floro was able to pitch out of a jam, stranding Marte at third. So when Greinke took the mound in the bottom of the eighth, I think we were all a bit surprised. Justin Turner our red ginger haired god greeted him with a lovely home run (his eleventh of the season) which put the Dodgers in the lead and sent Dodger Stadium into pandemonium. The Dodgers have life!
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Of course the end of the game was not without some drama. Kenley Jansen was called in to record the final three outs in the top of the ninth. After retiring Pollack, that damn man again Paul Goldschmidt blooped a double and all of a sudden the Snakes had the go-ahead run at the plate. Fortunately Kenley looked like the old Kenley striking out David Peralta, and getting Eduardo Escobar to ground out to end the game. Dodgers win! And what a win it was. With the series tied, the Dodgers can move into a first place tie on Saturday night. Patrick Corbin will battle Clayton Kershaw in a battle of aces. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 PM PST. Oh and David Freese is now a Dodger. Happy Friday guys!
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired third baseman David Freese in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez.
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