Just as I predicted, on Saturday Kenta Maeda pitched another great game and somehow Dodgers’ relievers snuck in five outs between and after three hits and a run to hand a lead over to Kenley Jansen, and the team won the game I knew they would against the Rockies, 4-1. And my analysis was again spot-on Sunday, when Alex Wood and two others from the
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|arson squad, including its newest fire-starter, Luis Avilán, were absolutely horrid, and the Dodgers headed into the ninth inning down three runs, 10-7.
Wood, though in part a victim of bad breaks and bad weather, allowed five runs, all earned, over five innings, raising his season ERA to an even 6.00. He was followed to the mound by Pedro Baez and Adam Liberatore who did well, getting through two scoreless innings, despite
But, Joe Blanton got the one batter he faced to hit into a double play to end the inning, and the Dodgers headed into the top of the ninth down by that 10-7 score. And fate stepped in, to give the Dodgers a win, despite doing virtually everything wrong all day long. With the bases loaded and one out, Trayce Thompson hit a lazy grounder right at Rockies’ shortstop, power-hitting rookie Trevor Storey, about four feet from the second base bag –
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|a sure game-ending, double play ball. And Storey bobbled it, and got only the out at second, with Thompson safe at first. The score was now 10-8, and the Dodger went on to score four more runs in an inning that should have been over, pulling out a gift-wrapped 12-10 win.
And so the Dodgers now have a 2-1/2 game lead
Ross Stripling will be making his fourth attempt at his first major league win, while
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|Marlins' starter lefty Wei-Yin Chen, a solid starter with the Orioles over the past four seasons, will be facing the Dodgers for only the second time in his career. On April 20, 2013, Chen pitched three-hit ball over six innings as the Orioles beat the Dodgers 6-1. The non-manager's new flock has lost all three of Chen's 2016 starts so far this young season.
The Dodgers will play tonight with a makeshift