The suddenly red-hot Dodgers were trying to win their fifth game in a row for the first time this season, but the Pittsburgh Pirates had different ideas. Not only did that Blue-tinted dream balloon burst, but it went down in flames like the ol’ Hindenberg.
The Dodgers newest pitching call up, Caleb Ferguson, made his major league debut last 54 pitches, but the trouble was, the Dodgers yanked him in the second inning after three walks and three runs in, with more waiting on the bases. Perhaps young Caleb just couldn’t shake his debut jitters; we’ll know more after seeing him next time around.
Meanwhile there was plenty of baseball left, and the Dodgers and Bucs took advantage of all of it. By the top of the 3rd inning, the Dodgers were down 4-0 and it looked like a lousy afternoon was ahead of them. In the end, it was, but the boys did not go down without a fight and a couple of exciting comebacks.
Matt Kemp missed hitting one out in the third by a few feet, but his double off the CF wall was still good enough to score Max Muncy and Justin Turner. Cody Bellinger followed Kemp with a two run blast – making him the first Dodger to hit 10 home runs on the season – and the score was suddenly tied at four apiece.
Unfortunately the Pirates just as quickly took the lead back when Max Muncy, attempting a double play, threw a ball off David Frees’es helmet while Freese ran to second base. A runner scored and it was 5-4 Bucs. Freese later came around to score and it was 6-4. All of those base runners were courtesy of Daniel Hudson, who replaced Ferguson. Hudson continued to allow more base runners in the fourth and Freese added two more Pirate runs with a double.
With the Bucs up by four, Matt Kemp continued his clutch hitting and blasted a 3-run home run to bring the boys within one run. It was now 8-7 Pittsburgh. Scott Alexander and Yimi Garcia came on to continue the suck for the Dodgers in the sixth. By the third out, the Bucs had scored three and they had their third four-run lead of the night.
The Dodgers got within two in the eighth when they scored two, and managed to whimper a bit in the ninth, but the pitching staff had just put up too much of a deficit, including ten walks. Despite Kemps five RBIs, the Dodgers fell 11-9.
The series will conclude with an afternoon game tomorrw, which means an early morning game for everyone on the west coast.