Los Angeles-- When it's your bobblehead night, you must deliver. No, ifs, ands, or buts.
On Thursday night, Kike Hernandez came up with the decisive hit on his bobblehead night to complete the sweep.
Los Angeles came back from a 2-0 deficit in the ninth to defeat the Blue Jays 3-2 in front of a rowdy Dodgers faithful crowd.
Can you say déjà vu? But without the part where Kenley Jansen blows another lead.
During his post-game interview, Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo admitted the past two losses stung quite a bit. “I’m not going to lie – this one hurts and just because we’re playing the best team in baseball,” Montoyo said. “Back to back days with a chance to beat them – it’s kind of tough.”
For the second night in a row, the Dodgers offense was severely MIA after exploding for 16 runs on Tuesday night.
This time they were shut down by an impressive undrafted rookie by the name of Jacob Waguespack.
The 6 foot 6, 25-year-old late bloomer pitched seven shutout innings, with one hit (to the pitcher), one walk, and five strikeouts. He concluded his outing by retiring the final 14 batters in a row.
Kenta Maeda tossed a quality start for the Dodgers, striking out nine in over six innings. Maeda slightly struggled in the second inning when he gave up back-to-back singles to Randal Grichuk and Billy McKinney to start the inning, but he escaped further damage by only giving up one run on a groundout to Derek Fisher. Although he gave up a missile-like home run to the young phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr, he was still semi-flawless.
With the offense virtually non-existent, the Dodgers had to rely on the bullpen to get some critical outs the past few nights. The trio of Caleb Ferguson, Yimi Garcia, and Casey Sadler all delivered scoreless innings to keep the Dodgers in the game.
Regular closer Ken Giles left the team for parental leave today, therefore, Derek Law was asked to close in his absence. To be clear, this was not some crazy demand to ask of him. He had not allowed a run since July 18 in Boston and held a 16-inning scoreless streak, which was the second-longest active scoreless streak in the majors.
You can surely trust Derek Law, right?
Max Muncy led off the ninth with a walk, which is always a good sign. Justin Turner then roped a lineout, but luckily Cody Bellinger followed with a double down the line to put runners at second and third with one out. Corey Seager then followed with a first-pitch swinging line drive down the right-field line to tie the score at 2-2.
In the blink of an eye, the Dodgers tied the game.
Kike Hernandez then quickly knocked a bloop single to walk it off and give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory.
Now the Dodgers improve to 85-44 on the year and they lead the National West division by 20.5 games. The New York Yankees come into town for a classic matchup between two teams with the best records in baseball.