Phoenix-- In all four games this series, the Dodgers took the lead first: 3-0, 3-0, 3-0, and 2-0. Usually, leads like that are just enough for the stellar Dodgers rotation, but not this weekend. The Dodgers blew the early lead each game.
Staring down the barrel of a fourth blown lead tonight, the resilient Los Angeles Dodgers found a way to stun the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 in eleven innings to snap their three-game losing streak.
Despite the late inning comeback, and although there is still a month left of the regular season, the future is looking gloomy for the Dodgers. I'm sure you are wondering, how that is possible when they have the best record in the National League?
Well, first of all, that lead is dwindling each day with the Atlanta Braves hotter than Georgia asphalt.
A second problem is the Arizona Diamondbacks. Yes, they have been mediocre all season. They even set a record for mediocrity, if you can believe that.
The Diamondbacks were within two games of .500 -- plus or minus -- for more than two months. They lost to the Colorado Rockies on June 18 to fall to 38-36 and have remained a middle-of-the-road club since for a huge chunk of the season. The 60-game streak beat the Oakland A's mark of 56 straight games set in 2007, according to STATS.
That finally ended on Friday night when the D-Backs beat the Dodgers 5-4, pushing their record to 69-66. Now, Arizona owns a 70-67 record which is in striking distance of the precious National League wild-card spot.
With Atlanta and Arizona rising, the Dodgers just flat-out have not been playing good baseball for a few weeks now, which is a problem because the postseason is only a month away.
Fresh off the injured list, David Freese started the scoring in tonight’s contest with a solo home run to straightaway center-field to give Los Angeles an early lead after one inning.
In the third, Russell Martin smoked a homer into the pool off of southpaw Alex Young to take a 2-0 lead.
With the Dodgers using a bullpen day, Ross Stripling was counted on to produce a few quality innings. He did just what the doctor ordered. Stripling pitched three innings of no-run ball, two hits, and two strikeouts.
Dustin May relieved Stripling, hoping to get back on track after a rough stretch of starts. It was evident he was not at his best once again. After striking Jarrod Dyson out looking, May yielded four-consecutive singles to tie up the score at 2-2 in the fourth.
One of those singles included a Jake Lamb line drive off Dustin May's head, which ricochetted to left-field. Luckily, May was okay and walked off on his own power.
Adam Kolarek finished the inning for Los Angeles, and gave up the go-ahead hit to rookie Josh Rojas to put Arizona ahead 3-2 after four innings.
Kenley Jansen handled an easy 1-2-3 inning after giving up another home run in Saturday night's game. Hopefully, his success will instill some confidence in him, but we've been saying that the past two seasons.
After both teams traded zeroes, the Dodgers needed a hero to stop this mini swoon in the ninth. Cody Bellinger delivered what the fans wanted to see. Showing off his clutch gene, he cracked a game-tying home run off lefthander Andrew Chafin to bewilder the Phoenix crowd.
Finally, in the eleventh inning, Joc Pederson crushed his 27th home run that landed in Tuscon to give the Dodgers the lead that they wouldn't relinquish. Pedro Baez earned his first career save after retiring all three hitters in the eleventh.
Los Angeles owns an 89-50 record and holds an 18.5 game lead over the second-place D-Backs.
Gavin Lux will start at second base tomorrow for his Major League debut against the Colorado Rockies at 8:10.