Kiké Pitches The 16th After Bats Go Cold; It Doesn’t Go Well

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You read that correctly. With the game on the line and only starting pitchers still available to pitch the 16th inning, Dave Roberts sent utility-man, Kiké Hernández to the mound. So how did it go? Well, Hernández now owns an 81.00 ERA to go along with his 0-1 record. With one out in the bottom of the 16th inning, Trevor Plouffe blasted a walk-off three-run homer to send the Phillies to a 7-4 win over the Dodgers.

The game started with a bang. Chris Taylor took advantage of some early defensive miscues by the Phillies to score on a wild pitch in the first inning. Yasmani Grandal then added to the lead with a solo home run, his first of two in the game, in the fifth inning. Joc Pederson also drove in a run, with an RBI double in the fifth inning. Grandal hit his second home of the game in the top of the sixth, off reliever Adam Morgan.

Unfortunately, the Dodgers bats went cold after this point. From the seventh inning through the 16th, only seven Dodgers reached base. None of them scored. Manny Machado went 0-6, going hitless for the first time since coming to the Dodgers. Max Muncy went 0-7, and worst off all, Hernández had just about the worst day of his baseball career. In addition to giving up a walk-off home run, he also went 0-7 at the plate.

Kenta Maeda had a rough night as well. When the seventh inning began, he had a 4-1 lead to work with. By the time the inning ended, the Phillies had tied the game at four. Maikel Franco hit an RBI double, followed by a game-tying two-run homer by Jorge Alfaro.

Kiké Hernández was thrilled when he was told he would pitch the 16th inning. He had always dreamed of being allowed to pitch in the Major Leagues. But his dream quickly turned into a nightmare. After he recorded the first out, Hernández walked two batters, then gave up the home run to Plouffe. It was a long night for Hernández, but as he said, its just hours before another game.

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