After drawing five walks in a row to win their fourth consecutive walk-off win at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers would’ve had to make it five if they hoped to prevail tonight. Well, they did it.
Hilariously, they entered the 9th trailing the Diamondbacks by a run and it took them all of two batters to tie the game. Then in the 10th they walked it off again for the fifth consecutive home game to win 5-4.
I am truly at a loss for words.
Facing Merrill Kelly, the Dodgers put up a crooked number to start the scoring in the 2nd. Cody Bellinger led the frame off with his 28th dong of the year, a no-doubter to center.
Four singles from Max Muncy, Austin Barnes, Walker Buehler, and Joc Pederson plated two more runs to make it 3-0.
That also temporarily caused Buehler to forget how to baseball.
Meanwhile, Buehler cruised along on the mound, but did cough up a single and a two-run homer to Christian Walker to start the 4th, which cut the lead to one at 3-2. In the 7th, after retiring the first two batters, he allowed a double and a single to plate a run and tie the game at 3-3.
An unfortunate end to what was a quality performance that got him back on track after the Coors Field disaster. Buehler went seven innings and struck out nine, giving up the three runs on nine hits and no walks.
Pedro Baez entered for the 8th and got a 1-2-3 inning that included a strikeout. Kenley Jansen was tasked with the 9th, but gave up a solo shot to Carson Kelly to put the Dodgers in a 4-3 hole before getting out of the inning.
Surely they couldn’t do it again, right? I didn’t think so last night either, so anything was possible. Greg Holland was back out there as well, presumably to get his confidence back, but Enrique Hernandez greeted him with a double and Matt Beaty followed immediately by yanking a ball down the line for a game-tying single.
After a wild pitch advanced Beaty into scoring position, Justin Turner then struck out looking and Holland was removed for Yoshihisa Hirano. Pinch-hitter Russell Martin drew a walk and Joc followed by doing the same to load the bases for Alex Verdugo. However, Hirano got out of it by inducing a grounder to second for a double play to end the threat.
Joe Kelly did his job in the 10th, getting a routine ground out, a strikeout, and an infield pop-up for a 1-2-3 frame.
Yoan Lopez entered for the D-backs, and he’s their best reliever, but Cody Bellinger is the NL MVP leader for a reason, and he smacked his second dong of the game and his 29th of the season for a dramatic walk-off shot.
Boy, they got him good.
The Diamondbacks announcers did not sound thrilled.
“Tell you what guys, it’s getting a little hard to take … that’s a crusher.”— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) July 4, 2019
Diamondbacks broadcast for you petty petty people. 😂 https://t.co/MleIF79RC0
Oh yeah, it was a nice bit of revenge for the Dodgers as well.
The win gets the Dodgers to 59-29 on the year and they are now 14 games up in the NL West over the Rockies.
After a short series with the Diamondbacks, they’ll now welcome the Padres to town with a four-game set to cap off the first half of the season. Hyun-Jin Ryu will square off against Dinelson Lamet at 3:10 PM HST/6:10 PM PST/9:10 PM EST.