We were treated to the battle that is very likely to be the World Series match up today at Dodger Stadium when LA took on Detroit.
Dan Haren took the mound for his first appearance at home in 2014 and he didn’t disappoint in his 6 innings for work, only allowing one run to cross the plate as he set up the win for LA.
It was all about Dee Gordon for most of the game as he went 2-5 with a home run and a single. His home run was in the first inning and, as the lead off batter, he hit his 3rd career home run that sent the crowd crazy.
The Tigers got back at LA though with a solo shot of their own in the next inning when Austin Jackson put up Haren’s only ER against him.
In his first game of the season since being called up from AAA Albuquerque thanks to AJ Ellis’ injury, Tim Federowicz, hit one down the right field wall and Torii Hunter hit the wall very hard on a sliding attempt. He stayed in the game until the 5th inning when it was noted he had some bruising on the knee and is day to day.
It was a pitching duel from then on as the next run came in the 7th. It was after Haren had left the game with a line of 6IP, 3H, 1ER, 1BB and 4K’s. He was replaced by Withrow in the 7th who threw another perfect inning or LA this year.
The run came in the bottom half of the inning when Kemp got a lead off walk followed by a Juan Uribe double to make it men at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Fed-Ex struck out swinging and it was up to pinch hitter Justin Turner to bring Kemp home. He did with a sac fly to very shallow centre and with no time to think about it Kemp sprinted to the plate and made it in via an errant throw. 2-1 Dodgers.
Chris Perez came in for the 8th to be the set up man for Kenley Jansen and he didn’t disappoint. A lead off walk kept the heart pumping but a fly ball and a double play made it and easy and quick inning for LA.
The closer, Kenley Jansen came into the game and was set to get the save. He hadn’t had the best start to the year and this game was no different. A lead off double turned out to be the tying run. Kenley had already got the strikeout of Miguel Cabrera as the 2nd out and needed one more to get out of the jam but a line drive base hit to Victor Martinez tied the game at 2 and we were set for a walk off.
Because nothing had gone wrong tonight it is Josh Beckett to pitch tomorrow against Detroit after coming off the DL. It hasn’t been said who will be moved down as of yet.
The bottom of the 9th looked promising with the line up of Kemp, Uribe and Fed-Ex all trying to get the run but Joba Chamberlain shut all three down with strikeouts.
JP Howell got a relatively easy inning on a 1-2-3 to get himself the win over Dan Haren and the Dodgers came up in the bottom of the 10th to win it.
Chone Figgins pinch hit for the 9 spot and he walked. Phil Coke came into the game in relief and it was down hill from there. Dee Gordon tried a bunt to get on board but he popped it up to the first baseman and the unlikely hero Carl Crawford was at the plate. He singed down to left field and the ball got around the left fielder, Davis to get to the wall and score Figgins.
It was the Dodgers’ first walk off win for 2014 at the magic castle and now they sit in second place in the west, only half a game back of the Giants who hold a 6-2 record compared to LA’s 6 and 3.
Tomorrow the Dodgers play Detroit again with Anibal Sanchez (0-0 4.50ERA) taking on Josh Becket who is yet to pitch. The game is at 7.10 Pacific, just like today’s.