Today’s afternoon rubber match between the Dodgers and the Orioles lasted 5 hours, 26 minutes, it broke the record for strike outs in a game at Dodger Stadium, saw career highs for two Dodgers, went so long that I had to miss the final three innings, sent manager Dave Roberts to the showers, and sent loyal Dodger fans who sat through all fourteen innings home with long and sunburned faces. What a day.
Chase Utley started things off with a base hit.
Home run pitcher, meet home run hitter. Justin Turner blasted a two-run home run to crack the seal on the scoreboard. 2-0
2nd inning Dodgers 2-0
Baltimore got a sun single that Corey Seager failed to chatch, followed by a double to score one. 2-1
Back to back, two out singles by Bud Norris and A.J. Ellis. They were left there on Chase Utley’s strike out.
3rd inning Dodgers 2-1
Orioles tied it up. With men on first and third, Manny Machado hit into a double play, but the run scored. 2-2
4th inning Tie score 2-2
Solo home run, Mark Trumbo. 3-2
5th inning Orioles 3-2
Bud Norris stepped to the mound at 78 pitches.
He got out cheaply enough at 91.
Chase Utley single.
Corey Seager walk.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a sky-high fly that dropped between the three outfielders for a two-out, two-run single. 4-3
6th inning Dodgers 4-3
Norris out. Casey Fien in.
The Dodgers’ lead lasted one pitch. Another home run for Trumbo. 4-4
7th inning 4-4
Adam Liberatore in. Job done. Bonus: Chris Taylor Golden Sombrero.
Chase Utley opened the inning (again), with a base hit. Cory Seager lined a double into center field to bring his hitting streak up to 19, and put men on second and third with no out.
With one out, the birds walked Adrian Gonzalez to load the bases.
Howie Kendrick was flat-out robbed on a bad call of a pitch several inches off the plate to end the inning.
8th inning 4-4
Joe Blanton in. Job done.
With one out, Kenta Maeda went in to pinch run at first for Ellis.
Chase Utley- Double! Maeda held up at third.
Justin Turner popped up to end the inning.
9th inning 4-4
Kenley Jansen in. Job done, three Ks.
10th inning 4-4
Luis Avilan in. Job done.
11th inning 4-4
J.P. Howell in. Job done.
13th inning 4-4
The birds tried to score a man from first on a single hit to Yasiel Puig. He executed a perfect cut-off throw to Chase Utley, who fired a perfect strike to Yasmani Grandal, who laid a perfect tag to punch the runner out at the plate.
14th inning 4-4
By this point I was away from TV, radio and Twitter, so I had no idea what was happening in the game. By the time I was able to get any news, I heard the Dodgers lost the game 6-4, and Chris “Forfeit” Hatcher was the losing pitcher. There was really no need for me to hear any other details.
Hatcher + Tie game + Late innings = Loss. It’s a simple equation that will always add up to the same answer.
Dodgers lose 6-4
Bud Norris did not dominate as he did in his first outing, but he pitched well enough to keep the team in the game. His downfall was an 11 pitch at bat by the Orioles pitcher in the fourth inning. That ran up his pitch count, and tipped Roberts’ hand in favor off pulling him after just five innings.
Although Hatcher blew the game in the 14th, the real story of the Dodgers’ frustration today came from the offense. Despite scoring four runs, the Dodgers had a ton of strikeouts today (Trayce Thompson and Corey Seager both earned golden sombreros), and they left the bases-loaded in the 7th and 8th innings, with five strike outs to boot. Justin Turner hit an early home run, but in the later innings left seven men standing.
The Orioles had a strike out mountain of their own, combining with the Dodgers for 36 strikeouts. That broke the all-time single-game strikeout record for Dodger Stadium.
Bright spots: Chase Utley went 6 for 7, a career high, with two doubles and two runs scored. Corey Seager hit in his 19th straight game to keep the streak alive. The bullpen kept the Orioles scoreless for seven long innings today.
Despite losing two of three to the birds, the Dodgers did a good job overall, and held their own against a top-notch, first place, American League team.
Bud Norris went 5 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 5 Ks, 1 HR. ERA 5.98
Doubles: Utley, Kendrick, Seager, Gonzalez
Home run: Turner
Team with RISP: 1 for 14 <— There’s your ballgame. Right there.