Following a sweep of the Marlins at home, the Dodgers went down to play the Marlins in Miami. Despite the tough-fought affair that was only resolved in extra innings, the Dodgers took their fourth straight from the Marlins in a 10-6 win.
The final didn’t reflect the game, as the Dodgers had to comeback twice late before finally getting things into gear in extras. They’ve now won six of their last seven.
The Marlins did a bullpen game and quite frankly I don’t care to name all of them. Regardless, they shut down the Dodgers for quite a long time.
That’s not to say there weren’t chances, as they loaded the bases with two outs in the 1st and had runners at the corners with one out in the 4th. However, they only finally broke through in the 6th after a Will Smith double, a Justin Turner single that cornered the runners, and then a Chris Taylor sacrifice fly that made it 1-0.
Of course, it was 1-0 because Tyler Anderson on the other side was rolling despite not having his best command. He faced a couple runners in scoring position after a single and wild pitch with one out, but then retired the next 13 batters in a row before issuing just a walk in the 5th.
Unfortunately, he ran into serious trouble in the 6th after a single and an error on a double-play ball put two on with one out. Anderson then issued a walk to load the bases, and Joey Wendle doubled down the line in right for a 2-1 lead.
Still, he pitched well and deserved better: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 84 Pitches.
Evan Phillips took over for him and got the final two out in the 6th to avoid disaster.
Meanwhile, the Dodger bats helped get Anderson out of responsibility as Trayce Thompson led off the 7th with a single and Mookie Betts followed with his 28th homer of the year, a two-run shot for a 3-2 lead.
Phil Bickford then entered in a high-leverage situation and continued to have his struggle of a year. He gave up a single and a walk to start the bottom of the 7th, got a gift out on a foul bunt, and then issued another walk to load the bases. A single from Miguel Rojas then tied the game at 3-3, and Bickford mercifully got a strikeout before he exited the game.
Alex Vesia then entered and got ahead 0-2 on Wendle, who then grounded a ball like 10 feet in front of the plate. However, Vesia and Will couldn’t decide who would make the play and that cost an infield single for a 4-3 deficit before a strikeout ended the threat.
Craig Kimbrel got the 8th and was very close to an immaculate inning, but instead gave up a deep fly that would’ve been a homer at Dodger Stadium. Lucky for him, Cody Bellinger was there. I think that’s like four balls now that should be homers he’s given up, that’ll help the ol’ FIP.
Things looked rather bleak at that point in terms of the Dodger bats tying things up, but with one down in the 9th, who else but Mookie stepped up and drilled a game-tying homer. His 29th of the year made it 4-4.
After a two-out rally behind a Freddie single and back-to-back walks to Will and Max Muncy to load the bases, JT then singled later in the 9th to give the Dodgers a 5-4 lead.
It looked like that might be the final, but David Price led off the 9th by surrendering a homer to the 9-hitter Peyton Burdick on a 1-2 count to tie the game yet again. He then was victimized by a pair of errors to put two on, but worked out of it to keep things tied.
Keeping the game in play paid off immediately, as the Dodgers put up five runs in extras to get the rout on. A Bellinger dribbler stayed fair on the line for a single to corner the runners and Mookie followed by smashing a double for the lead. Trea followed with a single to plate another, and Freddie did the same with a double to make it a three-run cushion. Muncy then seemed to kill the game off with a double down the line to make it 10-5.
Brusdar Graterol then got the 10th and finished things off, giving up just a double to plate the ghost runner but otherwise getting the frame without drama.
87-37 and 42-21 away.
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