Justin Turner capped a late inning rally with a walk-off single in the ninth inning, giving the Dodgers a 6-5 victory over the Twins. At one point, the Dodgers trailed 5-0, but Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig each hit solo home runs, Chase Utley hit a two-run double, and Logan Forsythe hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
There have been many times this year when I thought that there was no way that the Dodgers would be able to win. But time and time again, they have proven me wrong. Last night was the same thing. They were trailing 5-0 after 4 1/2 innings and Brock Stewart had been charged with no earned runs. This meant that the Dodgers defense was the problem. But once again, the Dodgers proved me wrong.
The Twins got on the board in the third inning after Jason Castro singled with one out. Ervin Santana, who does not usually bat, bunted the ball in front of home plate. Yasmani Grandal took a chance and threw to second base, but his throw was too far off the base and everybody was safe. The play was called an error, and after Brian Dozier flew out, it was ruled that the inning should have been over. It wasn’t, however, because of Grandal’s error. The Twins picked up three runs in the inning, but they were all unearned, thanks to Grandal’s error.
The Twins took advantage of another error in the fourth inning to score two more runs. Stewart recorded two outs without any trouble, then he walked Castro. The next batter, Santana, hit a ground ball to second base. That should have ended the inning, but the ball took a tough hop and went through the legs of Logan Forsythe. Once again, the error kept the inning alive and the Twins scored two more runs.
The Dodgers began their rally in the fourth inning thanks to Joc Pederson. With two outs, Santana threw a fastball up and over the plate and Joc crushed it. The ball traveled a good distance into the right field pavilion for a home run.
The Dodgers got closer in the fifth inning because of Yasiel Puig. With one out, Puig worked the count full, so Santana felt like he had to throw a fastball to get a strike. He threw over the plate and Puig hit it into the second row in the left field pavilion. Not only did Puig hit a home run, but he also embarrassed the Dodgers hitting coach, Turner Ward. Watch the video to see what he did.
The Dodgers resumed their comeback in the seventh inning this time because of Chase Utley. Forsythe and Grandal hit back-to-back singles with one out, then Puig struck out. Chase Utley then entered the game as a pinch hitter and he knew what he wanted. After two straight sliders, Santana threw a changeup down and over the plate. The veteran second baseman hit it off the wall in left-center field. It looked like Twins’ center field Zack Granite should have caught it, but Stacast showed only a 7% catch probability. Both runners scored and the Dodgers only trailed 5-4 now.
The Dodgers tied the game in the eighth inning thanks, in part, to a little league error. Turner led off with a walk, then with one out, Kiké Hernández pinch-hit for Pederson. Hernández singled to right, sending Turner to third. This brought Forsythe to the plate. The Dodgers put on a hit-and-run play but Forsythe only lined the ball to center field. Hernández had to retreat back to his base, and Granite though he could double off Hernández. The only problem was that nobody was covering first base. Granite threw the ball anyway, without realizing nobody would catch it and the ball went out of play. Turner had already tagged up and scored the tying run, and Hernández was awarded third base. The inning ended with both teams tied at 5.
The Dodgers capped their rally in the ninth inning with Justin Turner’s walk-off single. Pinch hitter, Austin Barnes, and Chris Taylor hit back-to-back singles with one out, then Corey Seager grounded out, advancing the runners. Turner then came to the plate and with a full count, Brandon Kintzler threw a fastball over the heart of the plate. Turner hit it into left field and Barnes scored the winning run. The final score was 5-6, Dodgers.
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Kershaw Throws The First Pitch:
I know, Clayton Kershaw is not permitted to touch a baseball until the pain in his back goes away. But his two-year-old daughter Cali, who doesn’t have back pain, is allowed to throw a baseball. It was the cutest first pitch I have ever seen. Charlie just sat on the mound playing with the dirt and Cali started to kick at the pitcher’s rubber, something that she has seen her dad do.
The term Twin killer takes a whole new meaning when Minnesota comes to Los Angeles. The first Twin killer came in the first inning when Brock Stewart induced a double-play. He fielded a comebacker, then threw it to Seager, who threw it on to first base. The second Twin killer has been happening all series. Every win for the Dodgers has been a Twin killer and the Dodgers swept Minnesota. This sweep was the final Twin killer that I will talk about.
The Dodgers have an off day on Thursday, then the Giants will come to town. Matt Moore will take the mound for the Giants and Alex Wood will take the mound for Los Angeles. Moore will seek his first win since June 20th and Wood will look to bounce back from his first loss of the year when he allowed seven runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Braves. The last time the two teams faced, the Giants were much better than they are now, and the Dodgers were much worse. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be telvised on SportsNet LA.