With the game tied at three in the twelveth inning, Brian Dozier hit a walk-off sacrifice fly off Giants’ reliever, Casey Kelly, snapping the Dodgers’ five-game losing streak with a 4-3 win at Dodger Stadium. The win brought the Dodgers into a tie with the Colorado Rockies for second place in the NL West.
With runners on the corners and no outs, Dozier decided to play for his team, not himself. He lifted a curveball into center field. With Yasmani Grandal on third base, a fly ball was good enough. Grandal tagged up and scored the winning run. As the Dodgers mobbed Dozier in the infield, Dodgers fans had something to cheer about for the first time in five days.
“Last I checked, the majority of winning streaks always come after a loss, right?” Dozier said. “That’s the thing with baseball, it flips just like that. Hopefully, we can reel off a few in a row.”
The Dodgers and Giants were forced to play extra innings when Caleb Furguson blew a 3-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning. With one out and runners on first and second, Furguson hung a curveball to Andrew McCutchen, who made him pay. McCutchen hit a home run just over the center field wall, tying the game.
The Dodgers struck first in the sixth inning when Yasiel Puig scored on a Joc Pederson sacrifice fly. The Dodgers then extended their lead with two runs in the seventh inning. Justin Turner led off the seventh with a walk. He then scored on a Manny Machado double, extending the lead to 2-0. Matt Kemp followed Machado’s double with an RBI single of his own, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.
Although hitting and poor pitching headlined the second half of the game, Hyun-Jin Ryu should not be overlooked. In his return from the DL, Ryu pitched six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and no walks with six strikeouts.
The Dodgers’ radio broadcast commented that Ryu looked like he’d not even spent time on the DL. As the stats show, he was sharp. But the stats still can’t show just how sharp he was. He was locating his fastball extremely well, and he had a great feel for his curveball.
The Dodgers have a travel day today before they open a three-game series in Seattle. Pantone 294 will be there for at least one of the games to make Safeco field feel like Dodger Stadium. Walker Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers. He will be opposed by Wade LeBlanc. In his last start, Buehler tossed seven scoreless innings against the Rockies in a no-decision. The game will start at 7:10 pm.