The Dodgers returned the favor of the sweep to the St Louis Cardinals, and they ended the series in what has now become almost commonplace behavior, a walk-off win.
The final game of the series was a pitching duel until the very end. In his second start in the Majors, Dustin May was dominant. He cruised through 5.2 innings of work, with his only run allowed a homer to Marcell Ozuna. He finished with with seven strikeouts, allowing only five hits.
Newly acquired lefty specialist Adam Kolarek came in to face the next two batters, and allowed them both to reach. He was replaced by Yimi Garcia, who got the final out, and shut down the Cardinals in the seventh inning also.
The Dodgers offense, however, was unable to overcome that one run until they absolutely had to. They only had seven hits total, including a double each for Joc Pederson and Edwin Rios, but they both failed to reach home plate.
Starting Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty was downright dominant, going seven innings, allowing only four hits, and striking out 10.
Every Dodger hitter struck out at least once, for a total of 13 for the team. Every Cardinals hitter struck out once with the exception of Matt Carpenter.
But once again, when it came down to it, the Dodgers got it done. Cody Bellinger started the inning with a strikeout at the hand of Andrew Miller. The tall reliever then plunked Corey Seager in the middle of his back. Will Smith then singled, and Miller was replaced with Carlos Martinez. He then promptly struck out Edwin Rios.
That left it up to catcher Russell Martin to complete the comeback. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third, and down to his final strike, Martin muscled a single past the shortstop and Smith was able to beat the throw home for the win.
“I’ve never felt so good about a lousy ground ball,” quipped Martin after the game. “All the young guys have been having fun, gotta let the old guys have some fun”.
That was the Dodgers’ 10th walk -off win off the season, and their seventh in their last 21 home games. The pitching has allowed them to stay close in games, and the team has a never give up mentality. The Dodgers are now 46-15 at home this season, and for those hoping for home field advantage throughout the playoffs, that record and that mentality will lead to confidence in the Boys in Blue.
The Dodgers will now have a break until they welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks to Chavez Ravine on Friday night. Tomorrow night, players and personnel will attend and compete in Clayton Kershaw‘s ping pong fundraiser for his charity, Kershaw’s Challenge.