The Dodgers were once again at a deficit early in Tuesday’s game versus Seattle after a shaky first inning by spot starter David Huff. Huff wasn’t terrible, but without any options left, he may not be sticking around for long.
The Dodgers bullpen was able to shut down the Mariners after the fifth inning with strong relief appearances by Chris Hatcher and the amazing Yimi Garcia. There were another four homeruns in the game. Andre Ethier blasted his first homerun of the season, and Alex Guerrero hit another homerun, this one a rare pinch-hit homerun.
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The Dodgers were able to comeback in the bottom of the ninth against closer Fernando Rodney to score two runs thanks to a walk-off single by Howie Kendrick. There may not be any bubbles or bat flips anymore, but the walk-off wins are sure fun on their own.
David Huff promptly served up two homeruns in the top of the first inning with one out. The first was a two-run homerun by Robinson Cano. That’s Cano’s first homerun of the season for the Mariners. Then Nelson Cruz hit ANOTHER homerun, a solo shot. The Mariners jumped ahead 3-0 before the seats were even warm.
Get well soon, Hyun-jin Ryu.
Dodgers 6 12 0
Mariners 5 10 1
WP- Garcia (2-0)
LP- Rodney (1-1)
HR- Cano (1), Cruz (5), Guerrero (2), Ethier (1)
Golden Sombrero- Mike Zunino
In the home half of the first, Carl Crawford dunked a single to left field with one out against Hisashi Iwakuma. Howie Kendrick singled to right field, and Crawford over ran second base and barely got back in time nearly injuring himself as he fell down past the bag. The Dodgers loaded up the bases after Yasmani Grandal drew a walk. Andre Ethier unfortunately struck out swinging, and the Dodgers stranded all three base runners.
"“The Dodgers tiptoe through the second.” -Vin Scully"
The Dodgers got on board in the third inning. Jimmy Rollins led off with a double, and Adrian Gonzalez‘s double brought Jimmy home. Iwakuma ended up striking out the side as Carl Crawford, Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal all went down on strikes. The Mariners were still up by two runs.
The Mariners put up a fourth run on the board in the fourth. Huff hit Willie Bloomquist in the arm with a pitch, Iwakuma sacrificed Bloomquist into scoring position and Rickie Weeks drove in the run with a single. Jackson then singled, and the Mariners had two on with two outs for Cano. The Dodgers wanted to get Huff through at least five innings, but he had only pitched three innings in Oklahoma City before his spot start with the Dodgers.
David Huff pitched 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk on 68 pitches.
Last night’s hero, Alex Guerrero, proceeded to come off the bench to hit for David Huff and clobbered another baseball. Joc Pederson had just walked, and Guerrero’s two-run homerun to center field put the Dodgers within one run of Seattle. Guerrero is good, guys.
Juan Nicasio took over for Huff in the fifth inning, and he walked Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager and Brad Miller to load up the bases with just one out. A run scored on a little roller to shortstop, and it was 5-3 in favor of Seattle.
Nicasio got through the sixth inning without allowing a run even though Cano doubled. He ended up striking out 4 and walking 3 while allowing 1 run on 1 hit in his two innings of work.
Andre Ethier got the Dodgers back within one run with a leadoff solo homerun to the right field corner! That’s Ethier’s first homerun of the season, and it knocked Iwakuma out of the game.
Hisashi Iwakuma pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks on 95 pitches.
April 14, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pinch hitter Alex Guerrero (7) is greeted by left fielder Joc Pederson (31) after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The Dodgers were so short on the bench with a hobbled Yasiel Puig (hamstring), Juan Uribe (hamstring), Justin Turner (hand) and no more Darwin Barney (optioned), so they let Nicasio hit. Nicasio beat out a grounder for an infield hit, and he was promptly pulled the next inning for J.P. Howell.
Howell struck out two, but he also gave up two singles to Seager and Bloomquist in the top of the seventh. Don Mattingly brought in Chris Hatcher to take over, and even though he struggled mightily in his last outing, the right-hander struck out pinch-hitter Seth Smith to end the threat.
Charlie Furbush came out of the Seattle bullpen in the bottom of the seventh allowing consecutive singles to Crawford and Gonzalez. Yoervis Medina came in and took care of business by striking out Howie Kendrick and inducing a double play from Yasmani Grandal.
Hatcher pitched a nice 1-2-3 inning in the eighth, but the Dodgers were still down a run.
Joc Pederson came up with a pretty base hit in the bottom of the eighth against Medina, but he was caught stealing to end the inning after a review on the play overturned the call.
Mattingly called upon Yimi Garcia yet again for the ninth inning. I hope he doesn’t overuse the talented reliever (Torre Syndrome). Garcia struck out two in the perfect inning, and he even touched 95-mph.
Crooked hat wearing Fernando Rodney allowed a leadoff single to Justin Turner and a single to Jimmy Rollins in the bottom of the ninth, and the Dodgers had first and third with nobody out against the pretend arrow shooting reliever. Crawford hit a grounder to Seager who threw out Turner in a rundown between third and home. Gonzalez walked to load the bases up for Kendrick. Howie came up huge with a single to right field, and Rollins and Crawford came in to score! The Dodgers had their second walk-off win in as many days!
The Dodgers are now 5-3 on the season. Wednesday night the Dodgers will wrap up the series against Seattle as they go for the sweep. Brett Anderson will take the mound looking for his first win as a Dodger.