It’s tough to top the back-to-back walk-off wins by rookies that started this series against the Rockies, but somehow the Dodgers did that in a 6-3 win.
Shutout through six innings and looking rather dead, the Dodgers rallied in the 7th behind Chris Taylor, but then gave it back quickly before Will Smith walked it off with a dong in the bottom of the 9th for a series sweep.
This team, man.
While Kenta Maeda gave up runs early, he settled down quickly after. Maeda ended up going seven innings on 86 pitches, allowing two runs on seven hits (six singles, homer) and two walks, striking out six.
The defense did help.
So that should’ve been enough for the offense to get something going against Antonio Senzatela, but they couldn’t do much. Through the first six innings, he only allowed one Dodger to reach second.
But with one out in the 7th, Matt Beaty reached on the infield single and Enrique Hernandez followed with a double to knock Senzatela out of the game. That led to Chad Bettis entering and Taylor pinch-hitting, and he took the first pitch he saw deep to left for a three-run shot, his 8th of the year, to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.
Pedro Baez got the 8th frame, protecting a one-run lead, and after a lead-off single he rebounded with back-to-back strikeouts. However, he then surrendered a double down the line, but with Daniel Murphy running he was out by about 30 feet at home if it wasn’t for Russell Martin failing to catch the relay. Baez got out of it after that, but obviously the damage was done and the game was tied, 3-3.
Kenley Jansen got the 9th, and he got a fly out and a strikeout and should’ve got another strikeout, but he didn’t get the call and so a single was surrendered.
Thankfully, Kenley was able to rebound with a strikeout to end the inning.
Beaty started the Dodgers half of the 9th with another infield single and got to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, they walked Martin intentionally to get to Smith for whatever dumbass reason, and I’m grateful because Smith bombed a 1-0 hanging curve to center for a three-run walk-off shot, his third dong in his brief MLB career.
Beaty, Verdugo, Smith.
The Dodgers improve to 54-25 with the victory and now lead the NL West by 13 games over the Rockies.
The Dodgers will now take a seven-game road trip, starting in Arizona against the Diamondbacks at 3:40 HST/6:40 PM PST/9:40 PM EST, with Clayton Kershaw facing off against Zack Greinke, the man who #ShouldOf covered third.