Dodgers 5 12 1
Mets 4 14 1
WP- Rodriguez (3-2)
LP- Feliciano (0-1)
HR- Byrd (18), Ethier (8)
Miraculous. Historic. Awe-inspiring. This Dodger team is like no other I have ever watched in my lifetime. Win number 70 concluded in epic Dodger style of course. Chris Capuano had one of his off nights, and the inconsistent left-hander allowed four runs through five innings of work. Marlon Byrd hit a single, double, and a big three-run homerun off Capuano. The Dodger bullpen was able to squelch Byrd’s attempt at a cycle even though he had an extra opportunity in the 12 inning game. Dillon Gee was able to stifle the Dodgers offense until the sixth inning when the Dodgers were able to plate two runs on a scoring force out and a RBI single by Jerry Hairston Jr. The Mets bullpen kept the Dodgers in check temporarily which included two scoreless innings from former Dodger pitcher Scott Rice. Even a failure of a Chris Capuano start can’t stop this team. It seems as if nothing can stop the Blue.
The Mets were ahead 4-2 all the way until the ninth inning. That is until Mr. Captain Clutch himself came up to pinch-hit. Like the limping Gibson in the 1988 World Series, Andre Ethier would crush a pinch-hit game tying two-run homerun even though he had just been to the hospital due to a bruised calf. As you know I am a big Andre Ethier fan. This moment was so satisfying as I watched the long-tenured outfielder round the bases and turn the game around with one beautiful left-handed swing of the bat. LaTroy Hawkins blew the save, but the game was far from over.
The Dodger bullpen would come in and pitch 7 innings of scoreless relief. The bullpen, which was once a disaster in the early parts of this season, has become one of the best in the league. Other than Brandon League‘s ineffectiveness, the rest of the bullpen really shined tonight. Chris Withrow pitched two innings of scoreless ball, J.P. Howell pitched a good inning, and even Carlos Marmol pitched well. The former closer pitched two scoreless innings, and he even came close to walking off with a homerun himself. Paco Rodriguez collected the win as the left-hander, who has a ERA hovering around 2.00, shut down the Mets in the final 1 1/3 inning.
The Dodgers walked off in style in the bottom of the twelfth after the wild stallion himself, Puig, flustered the Mets and turned a single into a double. Adrian Gonzalez, who should be the National League M.V.P. then doubled in the winning run.
The Dodgers sweep the entire homestand as they just absolutely steamrolled the Rays and Mets. They have now won 40 of their last 48, they have only lost 3 games since the All-Star Break, and they are 20 games over .500.
Daniel Murphy hits a 0-2 one-out single up the middle in the top of the first against Chris Capuano. That’s no matter for the Dodgers as Josh Satin proceeds to hit into an inning ending double play. Cappy only needs 10 pitches to retire the Mets.
Dillon Gee only needs 9 pitches to retire the Dodgers in the home half of the first.
Marlon Byrd flares a single to shallow left field just over Hanley Ramirez‘s head. Justin Turner hits another single, this one to right field. Yasiel Puig proceeds to rocket an amazing throw to third base to get Byrd! That was an insane throw! You don’t run on number 66. Ever. Vin Scully exclaims “Holy mackerel what a throw!” Ike Davis hits into a force out. Davis easily steals second base with Andre Brown at-bat. Capuano is not looking sharp here, and Brown lines a double to right field which allows Davis to score. 1-0 Mets. Capuano intentionally walk John Buck to bring up opposing pitcher Gee. Cappy strikes out Gee to finally end the inning.
Hanley Ramirez flies out to center in his first at-bat since being out with a jammed shoulder other than that token pinch-hit. Skip Schumaker grounds out, and Mark Ellis pops out in the bottom of the second.
Juan Lagares strikes out to begin the second inning for the Mets. Murphy and Satin hit back-to-back singles, and then Marlon Byrd crushes a 3-0 meatball sinker by Cappy into the left field pavilion, and the three-run homerun increases New York’s lead to 4-0.
Dillon Gee keeps stifling the Dodgers through three innings. Jerry Hairston Jr. flies out, Tim Federowicz strikes out, and Capuano hits a comebacker. The Dodgers have yet to get a hit.
Andrew Brown leads off the fourth with his second hit of the night, a single to right field. Buck grounds into a double play as
Capuano fields the comebacker and turns and throws to second on the 1-4-3 double play. Everyone on the Mets is jumping on Cappy tonight, and Dillon Gee joins the hit parade as he proceeds to TRIPLE to left field thanks to some bumbling fielding by Crawford which didn’t help matters. That’s New York’s ninth hit on the night. Lagares grounds out to first, and the Mets strand Gee at third.
The Dodgers finally get a hit in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a lead-off Crawford single. Puig strikes out. With Gonzo at the plate, Crawford is picked off of first by Gee. It looked like he was safe, but the call didn’t go the Dodgers way that time. Gonzo singles down the right field line. Hanley singles, and that pick-off of Crawford really hurt the Dodgers here. Shumaker singles to left, and the bases are loaded with two down. Mark Ellis flies out to center, and despite four hits in the inning the Dodgers fail to score.
Marlon Byrd has Capuano’s number tonight. In the fifth, the right-fielder doubles with two outs. Byrd is now a triply shy of the cycle. Justin Turner is intentionally walked, and Davis flies out to end the inning.
Nick Punto comes off the bench to pinch-hit for the battered Capuano, and he draws a two-out walk. Crawford ends the inning with a little groundout.
Chris Capuano pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 10 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks on 86 pitches.
Chris Withrow comes out of the Dodger bullpen for the sixth inning. Withrow restores order and strikes out Buck and Gee for a perfect inning.
The Dodgers finally get on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Gonzo singles with one out. Hanley Ramirez doubles to the gap, and that’s HanRam’s second hit of the night. Dillon Gee hits Schumaker in the foot with a curveball, and the Dodgers have the bases loaded for Mark Ellis. Gonzalez score on a near double play ground ball hit by Mark Ellis. Ellis just beats out the throw at first. JHair singles to center field, and Hanley comes home to score! It’s now 4-2 Mets. FedEx strikes out for a third time against Gee to end the rally.
Other than a walk to Satin, Withrow pitches another scoreless frame in the seventh. He strikes out Marlon Byrd who is vying for the cycle.
Dillon Gee walks out to the mound in the bottom of the seventh, but he won’t be pitching so that was odd. Dee Gordon will be pinch-hitting for Withrow. Scott Rice, formerly with the Dodgers, will come into relieve Gee. Gordon grounds out on a bunt. Crawford flies out. Puig grounds out.
Dillon Gee pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits with 4 strikeouts and one walk on 95 pitches.
Brandon League will come in for the top of the eighth. Davis doubles with one out, and John Buck reaches safely on a throwing error by JHair whose throw pulls Gonzo off the bag. Mattingly is forced to bring in J.P. Howell to get the last out with runners at first and third. Omar Quintanilla strikes out, and we head to the bottom of the eighth.
Gonzo strikes out against Scott rice, but Hanley reaches safely on a throwing error by Justin Turner whose throw pulls Davis off the bag. Terry Collins goes out to argue to no avail. It’s all for naught as Schumaker grounds into the double play.
Wilmer Flores singles against Howell in the top of the ninth, and Byrd will have another chance for the cycle. Mattingly will make a DonnieSwitch™, and Carlos Marmol will come in from the pen. Juan Uribe will come in to play third base, Hairston moved to right field, and Puig to center. Marmol strikes out Byrd to end the inning and his hope for the cycle.
LaTroy Hawkins will pitch the bottom of the ninth for the Mets. Mark Ellis leads off with a single. Hairston grounds out on a comebacker right to the nether region which shakes up Hawkins. MEllis moves to second. There’s a delay while the Mets check on Hawkins. Andre Ethier will come up to pinch-hit. Ethier proves he still deserves his Captain Clutch moniker as he proceeds to smash a two-run homerun to left field! It’s all tied up! Uribe flies out. Crawford singles. Puig grounds out, and we are headed for extra innings.
Carlos Marmol is still in the for the tenth. Marmol whiffs Justin Turner. Davis grounds out. Brown singles for his third hit of the night. Buck flies out to deep right field.
Carlos Torres will be New York’s fourth pitcher of the night. Gonzo flies out, and Ramirez grounds out. Carlos Marmol has to bat since the Dodgers are out of position players. Marmol flies out to left field which was surprisingly deep. Yasiel Puig thought it was out from the dugout.
Marmol gets the first two outs in the top of the eleventh by inducing a groundout from Quintanilla and striking out Lagares. I must admit Marmol isn’t terrible. Paco Rodriguez will now come in to get the last out. He’s the fifth Dodger pitcher of the night. Daniel Murphy hits a ball to the right field corner, and I thought it went out but it was barely foul. Phew. Paco rears back and strikes out Murphy swinging!
Mark Ellis leads off the bottom of the eleventh with a walk. Hairston sacrifice bunts MEllis to second. We can’t have a Dodger game without a bunt now can we? A.J. Ellis chases a sinker, and he goes down on strikes for the second out. Uribe hits a line drive right at Quintanilla who snares it to end the inning.
Marlon Byrd gets an extra chance at the cycle in the top of the twelfth inning. Paco strikes out Byrd for the second out. Turner lines a single to left field. Davis grounds out.
Pedro Feliciano will pitch the bottom of the twelfth for the Mets. Yasiel Puig hits a ball up the middle, and Puig goes for two as the throw from Lagares is way off! Then Adrian Gonzalez proceeds to double down the left field line, and the Dodgers walk-off with the win! WOW!
Arizona beat the Orioles in 14 innings earlier in the night, so the Dodgers remain 7 1/2 games ahead of the Snakes with a 70-50 record. Tomorrow the Dodgers travel to Philadelphia, and Friday they will begin a three-game set with the Phillies.
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