Baseball, such a stupid game. Such an impossible, wonderful, completely insane game.
It was all that and still more on a surreal Wednesday afternoon at
Rookies throwing lights out, bench guys going huge, overused closers, major manager second-guessing, bad hop singles to put one team ahead and balls lost in the sun to bring the other back, both in the ninth, and then both teams scoring twice in the 12th inning.
And then finally, the
The Nationals thought they had finally won this messy affair when LaRoche -- whose two-run, pinch-hit homer originally tied the game in the ninth -- singled in a pair of runs in the 12th.
But with two outs in the bottom of the 12th,
The Dodgers missed out on two bases-loaded opportunities to win the game earlier in extra innings, which more than not, tends to be their way.
In the 10th,
When Yasiel Puig singled to right, Ellis was held at third. Then Mattingly sent Erisbel Arruebarrena in to run for Ellis. Too late, as both
In the 11th, the Dodgers loaded the bases again with one out, but
Everyone understands how much Mattingly loves closer
Thirty-two pitches later, Jansen and the Dodgers trailed 3-2. Jansen gave up a leadoff single to
Then came a single, stolen base and a sharp one-hop bouncer that Gonzalez could not field at first base that was ruled a hit for
Yet in the bottom of the inning, the baseball gods -- or sun god? -- came to their rescue. Pinch-hitter
Almost forgotten was an outstanding first major-league start for the Dodgers by Carlos Frias.
Frias, 24, allowed only three hits and a walk in six scoreless innings, striking out four. He retired his last 10 consecutive batters.
The 6-foot-4, 170-pound Frias needed to be effective because Washington’s
The Dodgers finally broke through with a two-run homer by Turner in the seventh. Turner thought he was hit by a pitch in the at-bat and the Dodgers challenged the call. Turns out, they were fortunate it was not overtuned.
For Turner, who came to camp as a non-roster invitee, it was his career-best fifth home run this season.