More Magic! Farmer Hits Walk-Off In Debut


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With the Dodgers trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eleventh inning, Kyle Farmer hit a walk-off two-run double for his first career hit, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Giants. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Madison Bumgarner battled in the first part of the game, each pitcher throwing seven innings, allowing five hits, one walk, and striking out seven.

 Giants 2  10 
 Dodgers 3  11 

Kyle Farmer came to the plate for his first career at bat in a very high-pressure situation. The Dodgers were trailing by a run in the bottom of the eleventh inning and there were runners on first and second base. Despite the fact that the Dodgers were trailing, many Dodger fans still expected a win. All of them, including me, were hoping for one.

In front of friends and family, not to mention a few thousand more people, Farmer worked a full count against Giants’ closer, Albert Suárez. Not wanting to face Logan Forsythe with the bases loaded, Suárez was forced to throw a strike. He threw a fastball and Farmer drove it down the right field line. Seager scored easily and Turner rounded third shortly after. The throw to the plate was off target and Buster Posey was unable to hold onto the ball. Turner scored the winning run and the Dodgers tackled the rookie hero on the infield grass. The fans at Dodger Stadium even asked for a curtain call from the rookie.

“I told him, joking, in like the seventh or eighth inning,” said Kiké Hernández, “I was like ‘Dude this game has Kyle Farmer written all over it. You’re going to win this game.’ And [Farmer] looked at me and said, ‘I know.'”

The Giants truly thought that they were going to win it after Joe Panik drove in Kelby Tomlinson with a single in the top of the inning. However, the Giants’ bullpen excels and giving up runs and they had already blown the lead in the ninth inning.

With San Francisco leading the Dodgers 1-0 in the ninth, Chase Utley legged out an infield single, then stole second base on the next pitch. I won’t believe he’s 38 years old until I see his birth certificate. He then scored when Yasiel Puig singled to center field. When Puig hit the ball, his bat flip returned. As always, Utley was running hard every step, he ran so hard and so fast that by the time the Giants’ center fielder, Denard Span picked up the ball, there was no point in throwing home.

What made Puig’s RBI single necessary was a home run that was hit an inning and a half earlier. Josh Fields had entered the game in relief of Ryu and let’s just say that this was not Fields’ night. Fields got ahead in the count against pinch-hitter, Conor Gillaspie when he threw a fastball high and inside, right where Gillaspie likes it. Gillaspie hit it to right field and over Yasiel Puig’s outstretched glove. It landed in the Giants’ bullpen and gave San Francisco a 1-0 lead.

Gillaspie’s home run was the first run of the game and it happened after an exciting pitcher’s duel. Madison Bumgarner was the Giants’ starter and he looked like the MadBum of last year. He fired seven shutout innings, allowing five hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. He got strikeouts both looking and swinging, due to the fact that he just kept on fooling batters. Not to be outdone by a Giant, Hyun-Jin Ryu had his best start of the year, firing seven shutout innings. Not only that, Ryu allowed only five hits and one walk. Just for icing on the cake, Ryu struck out seven batters, the same amount as Bumgarner.

Keys To The Game:

Six Double Plays:

The Dodgers turned six double plays on Sunday evening, tying a franchise record. Ryu induced four of the six double plays, the most memorable was turned by Kiké Hernández in the seventh inning. Read the next Key To The Game for more information about it. The Dodgers’ bullpen then turned two double plays to tie their previous record.

Don’t Run On Kiké:

The Giants were threatening against Hyun-Jin Ryu in the seventh inning after back-to-back singles and a sacrifice fly put runners on first and third. Brandon Crawford was the batter and Ryu threw a slider up and in. Crawford hit it softly into left center field. Kiké Hernández took a perfect route to get under the ball, then caught it while still running. He then threw the ball perfectly to Austin Barnes, who tagged out Joe Panik.

Player Of The Game:

It is clear who the player of the game is. Although Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig, and Chase Utley all make a strong case, the player of the game is clearly Kyle Farmer. The rookie collected his first major league hit in his first major league at bat. Not only was it his first hit, but it was a walk-off double in the ninth inning. On top of that, Farmer drove in the tying run as well as the winning run.

“I looked out and I saw [Alex] Wood running at me full speed and I didn’t know what he was going to do,” Farmer said about the celebration. “And then all of a sudden he tackled me, so that’s probably the best hit he’s had on me in years”

Up Next:

The Dodgers have a day off while they travel to Atlanta for a three-game series against the Braves. The Braves have not announced their starter for the game and Kenta Maeda will start for the Dodgers. Maeda has struggled on the road this year, with a 3-3 record and a 5.65 ERA. The Dodgers have not played at SunTrust park yet this year. The game will start 4:35 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.

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