The remaining crowd of 49,749 at Chavez Ravine watched some high drama in the middle of May on a Monday night when Tracy Thompsonmired in an 0–30 slump, drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift Dodgers To the 9-8 win finale Over the Minnesota Twins.
Max Muncie He provided some muscle early with a home run in his first two at-bats, and Phil Pickford He pitched a valiant three innings in relief, threw a career-high 48 pitches and limited the Twins to one run and one hit to help the Dodgers extend their winning streak to six and earn their 14th victory in 16 games.
The Dodgers’ ball, which had the best 2.15 ERA in the National League since April 27, pitched three runs in the eighth inning and lead in the ninth, but Pickford, the last relief manager Dave Roberts wanted to use, saved the night by escaping a bases jam loaded, and not getting out in Tenth and add 11 and 12 without points.
“This is as good a walk from him as you’ll ever see,” said Roberts. “I think he was realizing he was the last man standing, and that was his game. He wasn’t looking for any exits. I think he could have continued if we had asked him.”
With the score tied 8-8, the Twins intentionally walked Freddie Freeman With one out and an automatic runner in the bottom of the twelfth. Jorge Lopez hit right-hander for Minnesota will Smith second time, with Chris Taylor and Freeman stealing a double steal.
Muncie intentionally walked to load the bases. Thompson, who entered as a pinch-runner in the tenth and singled off first base, worked the entire count before hitting a 96-mph fastball that was up and on the fourth.
“Yeah, that’s unacceptable,” Thompson, whose last hit on April 17, said of the pickpocket. “You try not to carry anything in the box. Mistakes happen. You just have to clear it up and move on and wait for the next moment to help the team.”
Pickford’s night didn’t start well. He walked with an automatic runner at second base to start the tenth Kyle Farmer to put two. Willy Castro He dropped a bunt in front of the mound that Pickford fielded cleanly, but the right-hander looked long at the runner going to third and threw late to first, the single-bases load with no outs.
Pickford then walked a No. 9 hitter Christian Vasquez He took four pitches to force a run for an 8-7 Twins lead, but stopped the bleeding by hitting Donovan Solano And Alex Kirillov getting a Michael A. Taylor To fly to the caution lane in the field center.
Of the tenth inning, Pickford said, “Obviously, you don’t want that to happen to yourself or anyone on the mound. It’s in the past, though. I did my best to get out of that and stay in the moment to make the next pitch.”
The Dodgers rallied in the bottom of the tenth, as well JD Martinez He hit a single to center field off strong right-hander Jhoan Duran to tie the score at 8-8. Thompson came to run for Martinez but was chosen first, W.J Jason Hayward Cross out, send the match to 11.
Pickford gave the Dodgers the chance to win by hitting a scoreless 11th, prompting Farmer to punt Miguel Vargas At second base with two outs to end the inning. The Dodgers could not capitalize against Lopez, who retired the team in the bottom 11th, but Pickford gave them another chance with a scoreless 12th.
Mansi said: “It was an incredible elephant.”[The Twins] They threw the two best players in two rounds each. Phil got stuck there and met them every time. It was an incredible job by Phil. He’ll need a rest after this, that’s for sure.”
The Twins tied it 6-6 in the top of the eighth when Trevor Larnach hit a three-run homer off the Dodgers. Monty forgets.
Minnesota loyal Griffin Jax He had two quick runs in the bottom of the eighth, but Vargas lofted a double to left center, and David Peralta He grounded an RBI two down the right field line to give the Dodgers a 7-6 lead.
But Dodgers right Evan Phillips He could not close the game in the ninth.
Carlos Correa walked with one, and Byron Buxton He lined up a double against the wall at left-of-center to score Taylor, who entered as a pinch runner, to tie the score at 7-7.
Cross out Phillips Jorge Polanco and Larnach to end the inning, but the Dodgers failed to score Duran in the bottom of the ninth,
The Dodgers took a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh when Bates walked one and scored on a double off Freeman on the horsetail across from left center.
That three-run pad only evaporated in the top of the eighth, when Buxton singled to left from Almonte, Polanco doubled to right and Larnach smashed a 97.7 mph fastball into right center field for a three-run homer. and a 6-6 tie.
The Dodgers jumped the Twins’ right-hander Pablo Lopez In the first inning when Freeman singled right center with one out, Smith hit a two-run homer to center, and Muncie smashed a 1-and-2 change-up 390 feet to right for his 13th home run of the season and a 3-0 lead.
They extended the lead to 5–1 in the third when Smith played center with one out, and Muncie capped off a nine-pitch bat, which included five straight foul balls, with a 396-foot homer in the fourth. Game of the season and the thirteenth of his career.
Muncy, who had been slowed down by a bad chest cough for more than a week, was hitting . 071 (two for 28) with a 0.259 OPS, two RBIs, nine hits and 3 walks in eight games on May 5, and his average and OPS fell from . 239/1,040 to .200/.862 entering Monday.
“I feel like I’ve been working on really good bats for the last couple of weeks, but there’s no energy there, nothing is afoot,” Muncie said. “Your body is fighting off disease. You are trying to do everything you can to help the team win. To get some results tonight was a really good feeling.”
An early burst of power backed up a strong but brief start from the Dodgers right Noah Syndergaardwho gave up two runs and four hits, struck out five and walked none in four innings, 59 pitches.
Syndergaard had to leave his last start – on May 9 at Milwaukee– After the first half when the team’s medical staff was unable to stop the bleeding from a cut in his finger.
The cut, which began as a blister that had been bothering Syndergaard for about three weeks, was sealed with topical dermal glue, and Syndergaard was cleared to start after completing a 50-degree bullpen session without incident on Saturday,
“If we didn’t feel confident that Finger would hold up, we wouldn’t have made that decision,” Roberts said before the game. “I think we’re pretty confident he’s going to be able to make it a kind of regular outing.”
The first half looked erratic for Syndergaard, who retired in order and showed more pressure on the sinking fastball, averaging a pitch of 93.7mph – nearly two miles per hour faster than his season average of 91.9mph – It tops out at 94.3 mph.
Syndergaard’s speed fell slightly during the second inning as Syndergaard gave up three hits, including Farmer’s RBI single that cut the Twins’ deficit to 3-1.
Syndergaard threw a third, two, and three, hit Correa with a 79-mile-per-hour curveball to end the inning, and gave up a solo home run to Polanco that pulled the Twins to within 5-1 in the top of the fourth.
But that was as far as Syndergaard went. the left Justin Broell The game entered to start the fifth inning, leaving a bullpen combined to limit righteousness To two runs and four hits in eight innings of a 6-2 win in wake Syndergaard on May 9 to cover what turned out to be eight more innings Monday night.
“I thought it was pretty sharp early on, but things started to taper off, it wasn’t so sharp, and there was a lot of trouble lately,” Roberts said. But he gave us what he needed [skin glue] Retained, it got him through that start, but we’ve seen these things over the years, and once we think we’re safe, we’re not, so we’re going to reevaluate [on Tuesday]. “
This story originally appeared Los Angeles Times.