In the span of a six-pitch at-bat that ended with Grandal striking out on an
Folks, you can't make this stuff up.
The Dodgers rode the unconventional rally, rookie phenom Cody Bellinger’s sixth multi-home run game and a five-out save by
As if the seventh inning wasn’t absurd enough, the Dodgers scored five more runs in the eighth — two on wild pitches, two on Bellinger’s
The grueling 4-hour 19-minute marathon, in which the Dodgers overcame a 5-0 third-inning deficit, was the longest nine-inning game in the history of Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962.
The clubs combined for eight wild pitches, the most in a major league game since 2013. The Dodgers were the first team since 1920 to score five runs on wild pitches.
"That was a long, crazy game," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "To go through all the things we did, to be [down by five], for us to hang in there is a credit to our guys. We talk about playing every pitch, and that's what we did."
The Dodgers trailed 5-0 before
Colorado took a 6-4 lead in the fifth on
Then came the wacky bottom of the seventh.
Ottavino's first pitch to Grandal, a 95-mph, down-and-in fastball, skipped by catcher Tony Wolters, allowing Turner to score to make it 6-5. The other two runners advanced on the wild pitch.
Ottavino's 2-and-2 pitch to Grandal, a 96-mph down-and-in fastball, bounced past Wolters, who was unable to locate the ball immediately. Forsythe scored easily from third. Barnes, who was on second, never slowed around third, and he was beyond the bag by the time Wolters even located the ball. Barnes slid into the plate without a throw, giving the Dodgers a 7-6 lead. Grandal then struck out to end the inning.
"You've got guys everywhere on the bases, and the next thing you know, he's hitting 2-2 with nobody on base," Roberts said. "A very productive at-bat. We talk about having quality at-bats. He was getting them over, getting them in."
Barnes, a reserve catcher and second baseman, read the play perfectly and put himself in position to score with his aggressive baserunning.
"He didn't slow down," Roberts said. "He took a hard turn around third, and the play is in front of him. At that point, you have to be instinctual. I think if you look at our roster, we have a lot of dynamic players, guys you can play anywhere, who can run the bases and compete. Austin fits that bill."
The Dodgers blew the game open in the eighth, and Jansen, despite issuing his first walk in 32 2/3 innings this season, threw a scoreless ninth to finish off his 17th save, the second five-out save of his career, not counting the postseason.
Jansen had struck out 51 of the first 115 batters he faced, a major league record for most strikeouts to open a season without a walk.
"You know that eventually you're gonna walk someone," said Jansen, who is 4-0 with an 0.83 ERA. "It was a great ride, a blessing to make history, but at the end of the day, it's about winning."