DLD Recap: Back-and-Forth Battle Ends in Extra Innings Dodger Victory Over Dbacks

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POST-GAME BRIEFING

The story of tonight was teamwork, as a messy game all around still ended in a second-straight extra-innings win for the Dodgers.

After roaring into the 2020 season 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 0.72 WHIP, it was clear early that starter Clayton Kershaw didn’t have his best stuff tonight. Though the Dodgers struck first with solo home runs from Mookie Betts and Kiké Hernandez, a disastrous (by Kershaw standards) bottom of the second gave up three runs and the lead on two singles, a walk, a ground out, a sacrifice fly, and a triple. To be fair, the defense didn’t do him any favors. The Dodgers committed three errors in the fifth inning (one from Corey Seager and two on the same play from Betts). Somehow, the Diamondbacks only managed to score once. 

After the fifth, however, the scoring stopped. The Dodgers and Dbacks were locked in a 4-4 tie until the top of the 10th, when Seager took third on a wild pitch from Kevin Ginkel and Chris Taylor’s single knocked him in. AJ Pollock’s single scored Taylor to add an insurance run. Blake Treinen pitched a clean bottom of the inning, earning his first save of the year as the Dodgers beat the Dbacks, 6-4.

SCORING PLAYS

TOP 1st: Mookie Betts solo home run (1-0 LAD)

TOP 2nd: Kiké Hernandez solo home run (2-0 LAD)

BOT 2nd: Carson Kelly fielder’s choice (2-1 LAD)

BOT 2nd: John Jay sacrifice fly (2-2)

BOT 2nd: Tim Locastro triple (3-2 ARI)

TOP 4th: Gavin Lux single (3-3)

TOP 4th: Kiké Hernandez single (4-3 LAD)

BOT 5th: Nick Ahmed triple (4-4)

TOP 10th: Chris Taylor single (5-4 LAD)

TOP 10th: AJ Pollock single (6-4 LAD)

 

PLAY OF THE GAME

After a back-and-forth game, DLD’s Play of the Game is the one that put the Dodgers ahead for good: Chris Taylor’s RBI single in the top of the 10th.

 

PLAYER OF THE GAME

DLD’s Player of the Game is Kiké Hernandez. On Roberto Clemente Day, one of the Dodgers’ two Puerto Rican players (the other is Edwin Rios) went 2-4 tonight with two RBIs…and his first at bat was a solo shot into the empty left field seats to put the Dodgers up 2-0. 

UP NEXT

The finale of the three-game series with the Diamondbacks is tomorrow at 6:40p.m. The Dodgers will send Dustin May (1-1, 2.88 ERA) to the hill at Chase Field to try and hand the Boys in Blue a series sweep. Arizona will counter with former Giants phenom – and current enemy of Max Muncy – Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 8.44 ERA).

Amanda Powers is an editor and writer for Dodgers Lowdown. Follow her on Twitter @geekpowers.