For the second time in recent memory, the Dodgers and Red Sox played in extra innings. This time the game lasted only 12 innings and it ended when the Dodgers took advantage of some Red Sox mistakes and scored 3 runs in the top of the 12th.
I don’t think anyone expected game to end how it did, especially after seeing the first inning. The two teams combined for 5 runs in the 1st inning, but only 2 of them were earned.
But the defensive woes applied to the Dodgers as well in the first inning. The Red Sox loaded the bases with the help of two infield singles. Then with two outs, Andrew Benintendi hit yet another infield single and Chris Taylor made an errant throw allowing a second run to score.
After that, the pitchers (or should I say defenses) settled down and quieted the opposing offenses. David Price allowed 4 runs (1 earned) over 5 innings of work and Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed 2 earned runs over 7 innings.
Things got interesting in the 9th inning when Dave Roberts made a couple of questionable calls with the bullpen. He started the bottom of the 9th with Zac Rosscup, who walked a batter and was replaced by Yimi García. After a sacrifice bunt and intentional walk, Kenley Jansen got the Dodgers out of the jam.
Things weren’t looking good for the Dodgers in the bottom of the 11th but a bonehead move by Jackie Bradley Jr. got them out of the inning safely. He led off the inning with a double, but when a ground ball was hit to shortstop, he tried advancing to third and was thrown out. The Dodgers got out of a jam once again and advanced to the 12th inning.
In the top of the 12th, the Red Sox lost control and loaded the bases with no outs courtesy of a walk, error, and single. With the bases loaded, Max Muncy worked a walk and the Dodgers took the lead.
Alex Verdugo then added an insurance run:
The Dodgers are headed back to the National League as they head to the City of Brotherly Love for a 4-game set with the Phillies. The Phillies got off to a hot start, but have been struggling lately. They’ve won just 5 of their last 10 and sit in third place in the NL East, 8.5 games behind the first place Braves and 1.5 games behind the second-place Nationals.