The 10th inning decided the game for the second consecutive night and this time the magic returned… Only briefly though as the Tigers won on a solo shot in the top of the inning.
In one of the slowest games of the year, lasting over 4 hours, the Dodgers’ Josh Beckett took the mound for his debut in 2014. He only lasted four innings however and had conceded 4 runs when he came out. A single Ian Kinsler put the run on and Josh allowed him to steal second base. Then a walk to the next batter put Beckett in a jam early on. Kinsler decided to test out the pitcher and stole third, this time with out a throw. Victor Martinez sac flied to left to score the run.
LA hit back in the bottom of the first with 2 runs. The first being when Dee Gordon stole home on a errant throw by Martinez, the catcher whilst Hanley Ramirez swiped 2nd and then kept motoring to third.
The next, and go-ahead run came off an Ethier single to score Ramirez. The inning was over after the next batter, Matt Kemp, had his first of 3 strikeouts.
The first inning was a marathon and it lasted 42 minutes with only 3 runs crossing the plate.
Beckett struck out the first 2 batters of the next inning to speed things up a little but then a basic fielding error on Dee Gordon that allowed the pitcher, Anibal Sanchez, to double and score the run.
Juan “#Goribe” Uribe singled in the bottom of the inning and moved to third on a passed ball and a ground out. Donnie decided to suicide squeeze the run in with the not so speedy Uribe charging down the line for Beckett to “Lay out a dandy” in the words of Vin Scully.
Josh Beckett once again pitched a perfect first 2 outs of the 3rd inning until Victor Martinez singled. A ground rule double over the foul fence in left field moved him to third and a Nick Castellanos home run scored all 3 and gave Detroit the 5-2 lead.
Having already thrown 90 pitches Beckett’s day was over with 4IP, 4ER, 1BB, 5K’s and 5H.
Brandon League replaced him and threw 2 scoreless innings, including an AB in which he grounded out.
Jamey Wright pitched the 7th and gave up Detroit’s next run, an Austin Jackson sac fly to score Ian Kinsler. He only got the one inning and was relived by Rodriguez and Maholm who combined to pitch 2 scoreless frames.
After being down 6-3, with only 3 outs left the Dodgers decided a little bit more offense would be nice. Lead off man, Gonzalez homered to bring it back a little and the team followed suit. Ethier and Kemp both walked and a Juan Uribe single loaded the bases. Yasiel Puig got his first AB since injuring his thumb and promptly struck out to leave the bags loaded. Van Slyke grounded out to 3rd but only one out was recorded at 2nd, which allowed Ethier to score.
Dee Gordon was up with one out left and the tying run at 3rd. He managed to fight a ball over the infield and scored the tying run of Matt Kemp that sent the crowd crazy. The Magic Castle edition one.
Kenley Jansen was in for the 10th and no one expected a Victor Martinez home run but it happened and it was the winning run for Detroit.
The Dodgers battled in the bottom of the inning but came up with Hanley Ramirez’ lead off single going to waste as he stayed stranded on first the entire inning.
LA had today off and tomorrow find them selves up against Arizona for the first of a 3 game set. It is Hyun Jin Ryu (1-1 3.86ERA) going up against Brandon McCarthy (0-1 7.82ERA). Let’s hope for another pool party come game one.