Logan Forsythe, who struck out four times in his return from the DL, came through in the clutch and delivered a walk-off double in the thirteenth inning, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 win. Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn both pitched very well, Kershaw went nine innings with one earned run and ten strikeouts and Lynn went eight innings with one earned run and ten strikeouts, making a very exciting pitcher’s duel.
Lance Lynn had the Dodgers baffled through eight strong innings, as he struck out ten batters and allowed only two hits. Lynn’s only mistake came in the first inning when he got into a full count against Yasmani Grandal. Lynn needed a strike, so he threw a fastball. This fastball, however, was right over the plate and Grandal got his bat on the ball. The ball traveled to straight away center field and Dexter Fowler could only watch it go over the wall for a home run. Kiké Hernández gave the play-by-play in the Dodgers’ dugout as Grandal ran the bases to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
There are three things that make me say that Clayton Kershaw was even more impressive than Lynn on Tuesday night. The first reason is that I’m a biased Dodger fan so I always think that Kershaw is amazing. Reason number two is Kershaw pitched nine innings while Lynn pitched only eighth. The third and final reason I think Kershaw’s start was more impressive was that Kershaw threw strikes 63% of the time and Lynn threw only 61% strikes.
Kershaw’s only mistake came in the top of the ninth inning. Randal Grichuk led off with a single, then a groundout advanced him to second. Kershaw then threw a pitch in the dirt that bounced away from Grandal. Grandal was unable to find the ball and Grichuk scored the tying run.
Both bullpens kept the opponent scoreless through the twelveth inning, but that changed in the bottom of the thirteenth. Jonathan Broxton entered the game to pitch the thirteenth and quickly got Austin Barnes to ground out. Yasiel Puig then struck out and it looked like the game might go into the fourteenth inning. Hernández then came to the plate and after working the count full took ball four from Broxton. This brought Forsythe the plate with the winning run on first base and two outs.
Broxton threw Forsythe three straight fastballs, Logan took the first one for a strike, then took ball one. At this point, Broxton should have thrown Forsythe either a changeup or a breaking ball, but he stayed with the fastball. Forsythe drove the ball down the right field line and it landed in fair territory. It bounced off the wall and rolled past Stephen Piscotty. Hernández got the wave from Chris Woodward and he scored standing up, winning the game 2-1 on Forsythe’s clutch walk-off double.
Keys To The Game:
Two Collisions For Joc:
Joc Pederson had a very unlucky night in center field on Tuesday night, colliding with two different teammates. His first collision came in the seventh inning when Matt Carpenter hit a fly ball to left-center field. Pederson and Cody Bellinger were both chasing it when they collided. Bellinger jumped, caught the ball, and somehow held on during the collision.
Joc’s second collision was much more painful. It came in the tenth inning with Yasiel Puig. Once again, they were both chasing a fly ball and nobody called it. Pederson’s head hit Puig’s chest and Joc went down immediately. Puig stayed standing long enough to show that he had caught the ball before dropping to his knees. Both of them walked off the field on their own power.
Can’t Find The Ball:
In the top of the ninth inning, the Cardinals tied the game on a wild pitch by Clayton Kershaw. Randal Grichuk was on second base when Kershaw threw a fastball that got away from Grandal. The ball bounced to the camera well, but Grandal didn’t know that. After Kershaw told him where it was, he went to go pick it up but it was too late. Grichuk rounded third and scored easily, tying the game and taking the win away from Kershaw.
Mike Leake will pitch for the Cardinals on Wednesday night and Rich Hill will pitch for the Dodgers. Leake is the only NL pitcher who has posted a quality start in every one of his outings this year. Hill had no issues with his blister in his last start against the Giants, so we can hope that his health will continue to improve. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA and MLB Network.