Odd game. Odd in the beginning, and certainly in the end. But ultimately, familiar.
The game finally turned into a battle of bullpens, which would normally mean trouble for the Dodgers but statistically the Athletics actually have an even worse group of relievers.
But not Tuesday night, the A’s rallying to tie the score in the bottom of the eighth and then winning it in the 10th against
The Dodgers also may have lost
The A’s had lost seven consecutive games until rallying against Garcia in the 10th. He started his second inning by giving up back-to-back doubles to Mark Canha and
The game was tied 1-1 in the eighth, and the Dodgers to that point had managed exactly one hit. Then with two outs, they had three.
Puig started by legging out an infield single. But Puig came up limping and
It briefly appeared the Dodgers were on their way to a 4-1 victory, with Kershaw in line to get the victory.
But in the bottom of the eighth, the A’s came roaring back against reliever
Baez actually has been one of the Dodgers' better relievers. But his first three batters went single, double, double. Then the Dodgers went to J.P. Howell, who gave up two more hits and the scoe was tied.
Then with runners at second and third and two outs, Manager Don Mattingly went to right-hander
The A's started the scoring with a run in the second inning. Canha opened with a single and Kershaw walked Billy Butler. A sacrifice bunt and a run-scoring groundout and Oakland had a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, Kershaw uncharacteristically lost his cool. Upset with the calls of home plate umpire Todd Techenor, he barked at him. On the next pitch,
By the time he picked the ball up, Valencia was safe with an infield single. Kershaw took the ball and slammed into the turf. Then he picked it up and fired into the far side of the Dodgers dugout. Techenor appeared to have his head down and did not see Kershaw throw the ball away, or he could have ejected the left-hander. Kershaw also shared some words with Technenor the next inning. Odd stuff.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers could not do a thing with A’s starter