Alex Guerrero was the walk-off hero for the Dodgers in a 6-5 extra-inning win over the Mariners, the second game in a row in which he’s played a key role. It was Guerrero’s only hit on the night, but he did drive in another run earlier with a bases loaded sac fly.
The story of the game, though, was homers.
The Dodgers were put in a 4-0 hole early, with Nelson Cruz homering twice and Kyle Seager going back-to-back with him on Cruz’s second dinger. But the Dodgers fought back to 4-3 behind the aforementioned Guerrero sac fly and a Joc Pederson two-run single.
The dingers parade wasn’t over, however, as Dustin Ackley bombed one off McCarthy to make it 5-3, before Yasiel Puig did this to pull back within a run:
Howie Kendrick then drove in Adrian Gonzalez from second later in the inning to tie the game up at five.
The fireworks basically stopped at that point though, as the teams exchanged empty frames through the next four innings and the game headed into extras.
Brandon McCarthy got shelled and was dominant today, surrendering four homers but striking out 10 and walking none. Overall, the start was about as quality as you can get while giving up four homers, limiting the Mariners to five runs on six hits in seven innings of work. It’s not that we shouldn’t be unhappy or even a little concerned about the home run issues playing up so far in 2015, but his peripherals are promising and he’s passing the eye test so far with a 92-95 mph fastball and two (arguably three) other quality pitches.
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) April 14, 2015
The bullpen that Mike wrote about earlier today was almost flawless for three innings, with Pedro Baez, Paco Rodriguez, Joel Peralta, and Yimi Garcia only allowing a single walk, which gave the lineup enough time to set up for Guerrero’s walk-off heroics.
-Puig went 3-for-5 on the day, including that homer, and all of a sudden the “lost” player has an OPS hovering around .800. You know, because IT’S THE SECOND WEEK OF THE SEASON.
–Scott Van Slyke did his best Puig impression while throwing out Logan Morrison trying to stretch a single into a double.
Who was pumped? This guy:
–A.J. Ellis is now 0-for-10 on the season with a walk, and while he should be better, it’s pretty odd how he’s played in one less game than Yasmani Grandal considering Grandal has been playing well.