The Dodgers knocked off the Cardinals in the opening game of their three game series on Tuesday night and it only took 13 innings and four hours to do it. The Dodgers got fantastic pitching from Kershaw and the Dodger bullpen, a timely hit from Forsythe and a little help from our own Oscar. The hero of the game was Logan Forsythe who struck out four times in the game, doubled into the right field corner to score Kike Hernandez in the bottom of the thirteenth inning to give the Dodgers a 2-1 win.
This was Forsythe’s first game back off the disabled list and naturally he was a little rusty considering he hadn’t played with the big club in a long time. The Dodgers optioned relief pitcher Josh Ravin to clear roster room. Forsythe started the game at third base with Justin Turner still out with the sore hamstring.
Clayton Kershaw was just two outs away from a complete game shutout. Kershaw was vintage Kershaw throughout the first nine frames of the marathon affair as he dominated the red birds throughout the Chavez Ravine evening. Kershaw tossed nine innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits and struck out 10 without a walk. Kershaw was masterful but unfortunately the Dodgers had only managed one run on two hits against opposing starter Lance Lynn who was just as tough.
Cardinals 1 4 1
Dodgers 2 3 0
The only run up until that ninth inning came from a solo home run from Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the first inning that put the Dodgers up 1-0. The Dodgers rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning to put two runners on after Chase Utley singled, and Kershaw walked. However Puig’s grounder, and another whiff from Forsythe ended the inning and the Dodgers couldn’t score.
The Dodgers were up 1-0 in the top of the ninth inning but Kershaw was gassed. He gave up a lead-off single to Randal Grichuk, and Tommy Pham‘s grounder advances him to second. With one out, Roberts decided not to go to Kenley Jansen and left Kershaw on the mound as he surpassed 100 pitches. I understood the decision. He wanted Kershaw to get the complete-game shutout.
We all wanted him to get it. But a CG shutout is a meaningless stat, and winning the game is what’s important. So a tired Kershaw uncorked a wild pitch that took a bizarre bounce into the camera well to allow Grichuk to score and tie the game. For the record that’s a two-base wild pitch. With the game in extra innings, Oscar wrote this article, which ended up being crucial to the Dodger win.
Much of the talk will be about the vicious collision in center field in the bottom of the tenth between Puig and Joc Pederson that resulted in Joc being taken out of the game with a sore neck. With two outs Yadier Molina smacked a deep drive to left center field that Puig and Joc both converged on. Joc ended up crashing into Puig as his head slammed into Puig’s chest. Somehow Puig made the catch and held onto the ball as Joc lay motionless on the ground for a minute. Dodger Stadium held their collective breath as both men gingerly walked off the field under their own power. Puig stayed in the game, but Joc was not as fortunate. I have no idea how Puig held onto the ball.
The game mercifully came to an end in the bottom of the thirteenth inning when former Dodger and old friend Jonathan Broxton issued a two out walk to Kike. Then Forsythe, (who Oscar questioned Dave Roberts for leaving in the game to bat with runners on base in the bottom of the eighth) drove in the winning run with a slicing double into the right field corner that got past Stephen Piscotty. Kike scores the winning run in front of about 127 Dodger fans that were still in the stands and the Dodgers win.
Joc is kind of messed up, but it appears he’s going to be ok. Honestly I have to give some credit to Oscar for this win. Anytime Oscar calls out a player he instantly trolls him and starts hitting like the second coming of Ted Williams.
There’s another game tomorrow evening at 7:10 PM, if anyone can sleep at this point.