Dodgers 2 Brewers 1: Father’s Day Shrimp
Dodgers get the W in walk off fashion this Father’s Day against the Brewers.
First and foremost, Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there. The Dodgers today got the win and also got to celebrate with their families. If you follow the Dodgers on social media you got to see the cuteness of the players with their kiddos all day today. I mean…
Kenta Maeda got the start and pitched great today. He struggled in the first inning and allowed a solo home run to Scotter Gennett, the second hitter of the game, but he settled down after that. Maeda went deep into counts and already had 67 pitches by the fourth inning, but he still managed to go pretty deep in the game which gave the Dodgers bullpen a much needed break today. Maeda went 6.1 innings, allowed six hits, walked three and struck out eight batters. He really only made one mistake on that pitch to Gennett but other than that he was pretty good.
The Dodgers would not get on the board until the bottom of the eighth inning when Enrique Hernandez entered the game as a pinch hitter. Hernandez homered to left and tied the game for the boys in blue. After the game, he was interviewed on MLB Network about his pinch hit success today and how important it was to him. I think sometimes as fans we forget that baseball players are people too. Hernandez said he woke up today and was pretty emotional realizing he would not be able to celebrate Father’s Day with his dad who is struggling with cancer. He also said he knew he would probably get a pinch hit at bat and wanted to make the most of it all. He finished up his interview by saying he could not really describe the feeling he felt rounding the bases, but he held back tears. It was such a touching interview and insight into Hernandez’s life and at bat today.
Dave Roberts put in Kenley Jansen for the top of the ninth. Jansen put together a quick 1-2-3 inning and the Dodgers were off to the bottom of the ninth. Tyler Thornburg entered the game for the Brewers. Justin Turner led off the inning and flied out for a quick first out. Adrian Gonzalez followed him up with a single into right center. Next up was Trayce Thompson who also singled to right. At this point, Roberts pulled Gonzo and put in Scott Van Slyke to pinch run at second. Joc Pederson struck out looking. The Dodgers now had two on, two outs and a tie game in the bottom of the ninth. Howie Kendrick had a great at bat and worked a walk to load the bases. Roberts then pulled A.J Ellis who was next up and put Yasmani Grandal in to pinch hit. Grandal walked and the Dodgers shripmed their way to a win. Walk-offs are always fun, but they are even cooler when they come through a bases loaded, two out, bottom of the ninth inning, walk.
The Dodgers really needed a win today because the Giants won again. The Giants have now won eight games in a row. Even with today’s win, the Dodgers are still 6.5 games back from first place, but the Giants have got to slow down soon enough here.
The Dodgers will be starting a new series tomorrow night against the Washington Nationals and sending Clayton Kershaw to the mound.