Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger, and Justin Turner hit back-to-back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Adrián González capped the rally with a walk-off single as the Dodgers beat the Phillies 6-5.
Zach Eflin held the Dodgers to two runs on four hits over seven innings, striking out two. His only mistakes were solo home runs in the first and seventh innings. Andrew Toles led off the game with a solo home run on a fastball over the middle of the plate. In the seventh, Cody Bellinger was the batter with one out and an 0-2 count. Eflin threw a fastball inside and Bellinger got the barrel of his bat on the ball. The ball landed in the visitor’s bullpen for his first career home run.
Brandon McCarthy did not pitch as well as he would have liked on Saturday night. He pitched five innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits and one walk. Brock Stassi hit a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning. McCarthy threw a first-pitch sinker and Stassi hit it just over the wall in left-center field. The Phillies added another run on an RBI single by Daniel Nava.
Cody Bellinger’s first Major League home run came in the seventh inning with one out. The ball went into the Phillies’ bullpen and the crowd at Dodger Stadium was the loudest it had been all night.
The crowd was quieted in the eighth inning when Chris Hatcher gave up a solo home run to Andrew Knapp. Hatcher threw an 0-2 splitter and Knapp hit it over the wall in right-center field for his first Major League home run. The Phillies led 5-2 and the crowd at Dodger Stadium was silent.
It looked like the Dodgers were going to lose after they left runners on first and second in the eighth and the Phillies brought in their closer Héctor Neris to pitch the ninth. Yasiel Puig led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run and the fans at Dodger Stadium were up and yelling again. The next batter was Cody Bellinger. He had already hit a home run in the game but everybody wanted one more. He did not disappoint, hitting the first pitch he saw off the foul pole in right field for a home run. Justin Turner was the next batter and he hit an 0-1 fastball halfway up the pavilion in left field, going back-to-back-to-back and tying the game.
Neris recorded one out, then allowed a single to Austin Barnes. That was the last pitch Neris threw before he was taken out of the game and replaced by Joely Rodriguez. Rodiguez got Toles to fly out and before Corey Seager hit a single, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Adrián González stepped up to the plate with two outs and a chance to win the game with a base hit. With a 1-2 count, the runners were running on the swing and González hit a bouncing ball to third base. Maikel Franco was unable to field the ball and Barnes scored. The Dodgers had come from behind and won the game 6-5 on a walk-off single by Adrián González.
Keys To The Game:
Cody Bellinger did what the Dodgers were hoping he would do for them, boost the offense with home runs. He hit two of them during Saturday’s game, one in the seventh and one in the ninth. His home runs gave the Dodgers what they needed to beat the Phillies and win the series.
The Dodgers needed their bats to get going in the ninth inning, and Yasiel Puig provided the spark. He hit a solo home run to lead off the inning and Cody Bellinger hit one to go back-to-back. Then, Justin Turner hit an absolute no-doubter into the left field pavilion and the game was tied. These home runs gave the Dodgers exactly what they needed, a come from behind victory.
The Dodgers will send Hyun-Jin-Ryu to the mound in an attempt to sweep the Phillies. Philadelphia will counter with Nick Pivetta, a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher. Ryu (0-4) has had some really good starts, but the Dodgers have been unable to back him, giving him the bad record. The game will start at 1:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA and KTLA.