May 3, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (3) connects for a two run homer in the 11th inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodger Heroes Of Saturday Night’s Heart Pounding Win


The Dodgers hung on to beat the Marlins 9-7 in 11 innings on Saturday night. The game was a wild heart pounding rollercoaster ride that put the Dodgers and their fans on the precipice of defeat, before the boys in blue scratched and clawed their way to barely hang on for the win.

Crawford’s two-run shot was the winner-Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Up by a score of 7-2, the Dodgers blew a five-run lead by allowing one run in the sixth, three runs in the seventh, and one run in the ninth which tied the game. The Dodgers at one point were one ball away from a crushing loss in the ninth inning.

But there were three Dodgers that emerged as heroes. When the ashes cleared, these three Dodgers came up clutch. And so Lasorda’s Lair salutes these three Dodgers for their clutchness.

Hero 1- Dee Gordon

It was the Dee Gordon show at Miami on Saturday. The second baseman had perhaps the game of his life in the Dodger’s 9-7 win. Gordon collected five hits, going 5 for 6 with two runs driven in, and three stolen bases. He had RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings, and scored twice. Gordon leads the league in steals, and also made a great defensive play in the field as well.

Hero 2- Brandon League

I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t mention Brandon League. When the Dodger bullpen was in disarray, he silenced the storm. When Brian Wilson and Chris Perez were struggling, League rode to the rescue. The mouth-breathing, tattooed embattled former closer, threw two scoreless frames, in the tenth, and eleventh innings when the Dodgers needed it most. League allowed just one hit, and one walk, while whiffing two to earn his first win of the season.

This was a great play from Gordon, who fired to Uribe to get Mcgehee who had overslid the bag-Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

He never gave up, even when most of the people watching already had, including myself. Maybe we were wrong about him? Relief pitching is volatile. But I’ve noticed League has not been falling behind in counts, and is throwing more strikes. That normally leads to better results. League has a 2.51 ERA in ten games this year. He’s allowed just four earned runs in 14.1 innings, and whiffed nine, and walked four. His 6.9 hits per nine allowed is a huge improvement over last year, when he gave up an excruciatingly bad 11.4.

I don’t want to claim that League is all of a sudden cured of the Broxton disease that haunted him in 2013. But I think we should all apologize and give him some credit this year for performing well thus far.

 

Hero 3- Carl Crawford

The constantly rusty and slumping Crawford didn’t start on Saturday night. The veteran outfielder was mired in a 4 for 45 slump. He was looking like he was 45 years old, and his batting average was approaching auto out territory. Crawford stepped to the plate in the eleventh inning as a pinch-hitter after Uribe had walked and did something special. He gave the Dodgers a boost, and himself a slump buster with a game winning two-run home run off of former Dodger Carlos Marmol. This was Crawford’s first home run of the year.

Honorable mention goes to Chris Withrow, who whiffed Giancarlo Stanton with the bases loaded in the eighth. Even though Withrow put the runners on himself, it was a huge out, and ended the inning.

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  • Julio Ernesto Sanchez

    Nice to see all of thise three guys come up when they were needed and nobody else could get it done. Nice piece. And this game also proofed that all fans should never give up on a player and always cheer them no matter how they performed in recent years. What about the minor league coverage? I thought there be more coming then the one piece so far.Would really like to know how the prospects are doing. Give us some news on Guerrero and Pederson

    • LasordasLair

      Thanks Julio.

      We’ve got some more minor league stuff coming. We have a writer who is covering the Quakes,(But they’re on the road right now, and he normaly is covering the home games) and we should be adding on another writer soon who is covering the isotopes. More minor league coverage on the way soon.

      • Julio Ernesto Sanchez

        Thanks for the quick reply Scott, i personally think a platoon between dee and guerrero would be the best option as dee gets some days off to stay fresh and guerrero will provide some offense from the right side with kemp still and hanley sort of strugling.I really enjoy your roundtable discussions aswell and will certainly join into your next one via comments. You’re providing the best coverage for the dodgers so keep up the good work!

        • LasordasLair

          Thanks for the kind words Julio!

          I’ve been saying they should have called up Guerrero week ago. They don’t have to start him. Gordon has been fantastic, but they could at least put him on the bench as a platoon or pinch-hitting option. He’s tearing up ALBQ.
          We’ve got another roundtable coming up soon. We’de love to hear your comments. Thanks again for reading!