Call it dramatic.
"It was a roller coaster ride. Ups and downs," left fielder
"I thought we had it," said Crawford, who tied the score at 5-5 in the 12th with a two-run home run. "I think we had, like, three chances to win it. We just didn't come through."
Call it bizarre.
"I've been in long games, yeah," catcher
The Dodgers will be happy if they don't see another one like it for a while.
All together, the teams used 18 pitchers who threw 467 pitches. Nationals shortstop
Kenley Jansen, entrusted with getting a four-out save, was charged with his first blown save since July 30, emphasizing the Dodgers' lack of a setup guy to get them to their closer. They have four former All-Star closers — Jansen,
"We win some of these, we lose some of these," Federowicz said. "I think we'll win the majority of these towards the end of the season."
The Dodgers chose to emphasize the positives, even though by the time the game ended they needed cue cards to remember the details of those happy moments.
Mattingly, asked about Carlos Frias' six shutout innings in his first major league start, had to refer to his postgame notes to remember the particulars of Frias' outing.
"So much happened," Mattingly said. "A lot of good things."
Frias' effort surely topped that list, though Mattingly wouldn't commit to giving Frias another start.
Also of note: Third baseman
At least Turner and Crawford are igniting the team.
Turner — batting .439 (18 for 41) in his last 12 games since Aug. 19 with four doubles, two home runs and eight runs batted in — and Crawford, who is 27 for 66 (.409) with two doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs in his last 20 games since Aug. 10 — have successfully picked up the slack.
"We try to take good at-bats and get on base and make things happen," Turner said of himself and Crawford. "That was really good, to see Carl drive a ball to left-center like that. He's been doing it a lot lately in batting practice and to see him drive one to left-center was awesome."
Still, it wasn't enough for the Dodgers to win a bizarre and dramatic game. They can only hope it doesn't also turn out to be the one that got away in a stubbornly tight division race.