Alex Verdugo hit a walk-off sacrifice fly that capped a 4-run 9th inning rally against Mets’ closer, Edwin Díaz, giving the Dodgers a 9-8 walk-off win. The rally started with back-to-back homers by Joc Pederson and Max Muncy, then an RBI double from Cody Bellinger tied the game. When the winning run crossed the plate, the Dodgers took the lead for the first time in the game.
While most teams would give up with such a huge deficit so late in the game, the Dodgers fought and found a way to win.
With the bases loaded and no outs in an 8-8 tie, Verdugo had the chance to win the game. In fact, barring a triple-play, it was almost inevitable that the Dodgers didn’t score in the inning. Verdugo, showing an unusual maturity for his age, didn’t try to do too much, being content to lift a fly ball to the outfield.
Verdugo’s sac fly gave the Dodgers the lead, but it was back-to-back homers and an RBI double that tied the game in the ninth. Pederson and Muncy started the inning with homers, then Bellinger tied it with a double. With each hit, the crowd got louder and louder.
The Dodgers trailed 8-3 entering the 7th inning, but they battled and got the game withing Grand Slam distance. In the 7th, Justin Turner hit an RBI single to bring the Dodgers to 8-4. Then in the 8th, Corey Seager blasted a solo homer, adding to his great night where he went 3-4 with two doubles and a homer.
With the way the game began, no one would have guessed the Dodgers would end up celebrating on the field in the 9th. With a matchup between Walker Buehler and Noah Syndergaard, fans were expecting a pitchers duel through at least 6 innings. But the opposite ended up happening.
Buehler surrendered 5 runs in just 5 innings, allowing two homers. Syndergaard was better, allowing 3 runs over 6 innings. Then, once Buehler was out of the game, the Dodger bullpen struggled, allowing 3 more runs.
So what took the Dodgers from trialing 8-3 in the 7th to winning 9-8? Unlike other teams, the Dodgers don’t give up when things get hard. They played unselfishly and worked together to come from behind and win.
The Dodgers will look for a series win at 7:10 on Thursday. Jason Vargas will face Hyun-Jin Ryu. Vargas is 1-2 with a 5.22 ERA. Ryu is 7-1 with a 1.65 ERA but at home, he is 5-0 with a 1.22 ERA and a 38:1 strikeout to walk ratio.