The day after hitting his go-ahead home run that brought the Dodgers into a tie for first place, Matt Kemp hit a walk-off two-run double, giving the Dodgers sole possession for first place with a 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Walker Buehler also helped contribute to the win, allowing only one run over 6.1 innings.
The game started with solid pitching performances from both starting pitchers. Clay Buchholz allowed one run over five innings, striking out four a walking two. Buehler countered with 6.1 innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts and three walks. Both pitchers received no-decisions.
Max Muncy started the scoring in the fifth inning with a solo homer against Buchholz. In a 2-2 count, Buchholz threw an off-speed pitch over the plate and Muncy jumped on it. He hit a line-drive homer into the D-backs’ bullpen, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
The D-backs fought back in the seventh inning and managed to tie the game. Buehler gave up a single, then walked a man with one out before Dave Roberts ended his start. The new Dodger, Ryan Madson, walked the first man he faced, then gave up a sacrifice fly, tying the game.
Alex Avila hit a fly ball to center field that Cody Bellinger caught. He then did everything he could to throw out Paul Goldschmidt at home. At first, Goldschmidt was ruled out. But the D-backs decided to challenge. At first, it looked like they were asking if Yasmani Grandal violated the “Buster Posey” rule, but replay showed that Goldschmidt beat the throw and tag.
With the game tied, the Dodgers decided to have Caleb Ferguson pitch the ninth inning. Things didn’t go well for the young southpaw. With a 1-1 count on Daniel Descalso, Ferguson threw a fastball chest-high. Descalso hit it with just enough power to go over Bellinger’s glove for a solo home run. This gave the D-backs a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning.
The momentum quickly moved back to the Dodgers’ side in the bottom of the ninth. Alex Verdugo and Muncy walked to begin the inning before they were bunted over to second and third. This is when things got a little weird. The D-backs’ manager decided to bring in Archie Bradley to face Kemp.
Before his at-bat on Sunday afternoon, Kemp was 7-15 in his career against Bradley. Bradley was also the pitcher Kemp homered against on Saturday night. Since Kemp hit a breaking ball for a home run on Saturday, he was looking for a fastball on Sunday. That’s exactly what he got. He hit the ball off the center field wall, allowing Verdugo (the tying run), and Muncy (the winning run) to score.
The Dodgers will look to stay hot as they host the Mets. Alex Wood will go up against NL Cy Young candidate Jacob DeGrom. When you judge DeGrom, don’t look at his win-loss record (8-8). Instead, look at things like his ERA (1.68) and his WHIP (0.98). Wood dominated in his last start when he held the Rangers scoreless over seven innings. The game will begin at 5:10pm.