The Dodgers discovered a new way to win baseball games when the Diamondbacks completely lost control in the 9th inning, walking 5 straight Dodgers hitters and walking in the game-tying and go-ahead runs as the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 5-4.
It was a wild ending as the Dodgers entered the 9th inning trailing 4-3. But with two outs, D-Backs’ pitcher, Greg Holland lost the strikezone and never found it again. Holland walked Chris Taylor on a 3-2 count, then Russell Martin on another 3-2 count, then Alex Verdugo on a 3-1 count, and Matt Beaty on 4 pitches. Beaty’s walk tied the game.
With a tie game and the bases loaded in the 9th, the Diamondbacks brought in T.J. McFarland to face Cody Bellinger. But McFarland couldn’t find the zone either. All Bellinger had to do was take a 3-2 pitch inside and take the walk-off walk.
“That’s unacceptable,” said Holland, who suffered his third blown save of the year. “I don’t know. I don’t know what happened. I felt pretty good out there and then just completely lost command of the strike zone altogether. It’s just not acceptable.”
“As a pitcher, you feel for him,” said Dodgers starter Ross Stripling. “You don’t want anybody to go through that. You want us to take it from them and not him basically hand it to us on a silver platter. He’s been one of the better closers in the game for a long time and I’m sure he’ll be able to get over it and get back at it.”
As Stripling said, the Dodgers didn’t earn the win in any way. The beginning of the game wasn’t great and they really didn’t get off the floor until late. Stripling lasted 4.2 innings and allowed 4 earned runs, thanks in part to his defense, who let him down.
Stripling allowed an RBI double in the first inning, then a two-run homer in the second. From there, things seemed to be going smoothly until Adam Jones hit what should have been an inning-ending double play in the 5th. But a poor throw from Max Muncy pulled Joc Pederson off the bag at first base and allowed the D-Backs to take a 4-3 lead.
The Dodgers had a couple of bright spots in the early innings, such as Stripling’s RBI single in the second inning. Stripling took a breaking ball from Taylor Clarke into center field to drive in the Dodgers’ first run.
Then in the fourth inning, the Dodgers tied the game on a Kiké Hernández two-run homer. Hernández hit a fastball into the seats down the right-field line for a game-tying homer.
The Dodgers will go for the two-game sweep tonight at 7:10 pm. Walker Buehler will look to rebound from a bad Coors Field start as he returns to a friendly pitching environment. On the other side, Merrill Kelly will start for the D-Backs. Buehler’s EAR is 3.43 and Kelly’s is 4.00.