Dodgers 6, D-Backs 4: Howie Kendrick, singles hitter

Oh hi, Howie Kendrick, welcome back. His 10th-inning home run was the difference in the Dodgers’ 6-4 win against Arizona on Tuesday night.

Kendrick finished the night 4-for-5 with that home run and this amazing GIF from Conman.

He’s pretty good. Howie or Conman? Yes.

Also, Chad and Daniel are totes adorbs.

The Dodgers got on the board in the top of the second inning on Yasmani Grandal‘s 12th home run of the season (all left-handed, and his second in two nights). He added a 2-run double in the 10th inning that was nearly his second home run of the game. He’s pretty good at hitting the baseball (#scouting). Joc Pederson had two hits atop the lineup and almost made it through a game without striking out. Then, this happened in the ninth inning. Sigh. Worst person in the world Yasiel Puig also had a couple hits.

The D-Backs got their first run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second. Arizona took the lead in the fourth inning on the second home run in as many nights for Paul Goldschmidt Nick Ahmed, because why not? In the D-Back eighth, Yasmany Tomas tried to stretch a single into a double, but Yasiel Puig Scott Van Slyke gunned him down. It’s probably best teams stop running on the big fella.

Carlos Frias was Frias-esque: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 98 pitches, 56 strikes, 11/3 GO/AO. That isn’t the worst pitching line there ever was, but it wasn’t great — especially since Mike Bolsinger was only able to give them four (great) innings last night. Damn oysters. The bullpen locked down the D-Back offense (for the most part) through the game’s final five innings (3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K). Not bad after last night’s debacle. Kenley Jansen allowed one run on a Goldschmidt RBI double (seriously, does this guy ever miss against the Dodgers?) while issuing his first walk of the season (that could have easily been strike 3).

Flagged, politics, but this is too funny not to include.

The Dodgers improve to 44-35 on the season and are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Giants in the west (thanks, Marlins!). They send Brett Anderson (4-4, 3.13 ERA) to the mound against Robbie Ray (2-3, 1.98). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Pacific time. A series win would be most good.


About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.