The Dodgers are a gutless, pathetic team that does things like rollover and get shutout against crappy pitchers like Sonny Gray, so imagine the shock when they came back yet again today to beat the Athletics 10-7 and earn a series split.
The offense collected 12 hits and four walks, and they started in the first with an Andre Ethier RBI single for an early lead. A Yasiel Puig two-run homer in the fourth broke a tie and gave the team a two-run lead, but the team went quiet until they got into the A’s bullpen.
In the seventh, an Adrian Gonzalez RBI double, a Yasmani Grandal RBI infield single that traveled about 40 feet, a two-RBI double from Enrique Hernandez, and a Puig RBI single turned a two-run deficit into a two-run lead. Howie Kendrick topped the effort off by adding two insurance runs in the eighth on a single up the middle.
Mike Bolsinger turned in another gutsy 90-pitch outing, pitching five innings of two-run ball, striking out three. Bolsinger had to strand a bunch of runners to get out of trouble after allowing eight hits and three walks, so while he wasn’t sharp, he kept the team in the game.
Juan Nicasio followed by striking out two in a scoreless sixth inning before running into trouble by walking the lead-off batter in the seventh. J.P. Howell then entered in relief, and the Athletics went single, error, strikeout, single, double steal, and single for a four-run inning and a two-run lead. Pedro Baez then had to enter to get the last two outs and stop the bleeding.
After the Dodgers regained the lead, going to Joel Peralta was certainly an interesting decision, but he managed to get three outs without imploding — in a row even! That setup things for Kenley Jansen in a non-save situation, one in which he gave up another homer trying to throw that stupid shit two-seamer to his arm-side of the plate. Of course, the cutter isn’t really being hit, so it’s hardly a concern, but he seriously needs to stop throwing anything other than the cut and slider.