Boy, the Dodgers sure know how to make a season exciting. Following yesterday’s agonizing ninth inning, the Dodgers decided to take tonight’s game into extra innings for the win.
Brandon McCarthy is somehow Schrodinger’s Pitcher: Both shitty and awesome until a pitch is thrown. It is not until the pitch gets to home plate that he will be one of the two states. McCarthy pitched seven innings and gave up four homers totaling five runs. He somehow managed to strikeout ten batters which only confirms that baseball is the dumbest sport around.
The Dodgers rallied in the fourth. After a single by Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez reached first on a fielder’s choice. Howie Kendrick came up and hit a double to right field, sending Gonzalez to third. Scott Van Slyke walked, which seems to be the only thing he does as he is hitting .000/.500/.000! That is awesome simply for its absurdity. Alex Guerrero put the Dodgers on the board with a sacrifice fly that brought Gonzalez home. Joc Pederson continued his hot streak with a single to left that brought Kendrick and Van Slyke home. The inning ended with a groundout by AJ Ellis, however, the Mariners’ lead was cut down to 3-4.
Upset that the game was no longer a challenge, McCarthy decided to give up another home run to the Mariners in the fifth. However, the Dodgers answered back in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot by Puig:http://streamable.com/e/ffqkSoon after, Gonzalez doubled. Howie Kendrick singled, bringing Gonzalez home and tying the game at five apiece.
Brandon McCarthy finally hit his stride and pitched two shutout innings in the sixth and seventh innings. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, they were also shut down by a combination of James Paxton and the Mariners bullpen. The game remained 5-5 through the rest of regular innings thanks to scoreless innings pitched by Pedro Baez, Paco Rodriguez, Joel Peralta, and Yimi Garcia.
Finally in the bottom of the tenth, after Dominic Leone loaded the bases, Alex Guerrero hit a walk-off single to give the Dodgers the win.
This game was all over the place. Just look at the win expectancy graph:http://www.fangraphs.com/graphframe.aspx?config=0&static=0&type=wins&num=0&h=450&w=600&date=2015-04-13&team=Dodgers&dh=0
I’m all for an exciting season, but we are barely seven games in and I feel like my emotions have been through the gantlet. More baseball tomorrow as David Huff (who?!) gets the start.