Even Dodgers broadcast knew umpiring was wildly unfair for Twins in LA's walk-off win
During Monday night's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, a total of 13 pitchers were used, 17 runs were scored, 24 hits (five homers) were recorded, and the contest ended with a walk-off walk. Just one of those nights.
At one point, the Dodgers were up 5-1. Then the Twins tied it up at 6-6 in the eighth. Then again at 7-7 in the top of the ninth. Then, before we knew it, it was the 12th inning.
But that wasn't before the Dodgers were gifted an escape in the top of the 10th. There was some questionable umpiring in this one, as noted by the Dodgers broadcast. Manager Dave Roberts leaned on reliever Phil Bickford for three innings (and he eventually got the win), but the right-hander was struggling with his command.
He issued four falks and threw 48 pitches (27 strikes) in those three frames, and probably should've issued a fifth walk and given up another run if home plate ump Phil Cuzzi had done a better job.
Against Alex Kirilloff in the 10th with the bases loaded, Bickford struck out the lefty slugger on three pitches -- two of which were clearly balls. Michael Taylor then flied out to center and the Dodgers escaped the bases-loaded jam.
Dodgers defeat Twins on walk-off walk in bizarre turn of events
Pretty unbelievable, objectively. The Dodgers would then tie the game at 8-8 after a JD Martinez RBI single in the bottom half of the 10th. Nobody scored in the 11th. And then things got really weird in the 12th.
After Mookie Betts popped out, the Twins intentionally walked Freddie Freeman. After Will Smith struck out and the Dodgers puleld off a double steal to put runners on second and third, the Twins intentionally walked Max Muncy to load the bases. They couldn't let Muncy hit. He had two homers and three RBI on the evening.
The next batter? Trayce Thompson. Honestly, great planning by Minnesota. Thompson has been one of the worst hitters in baseball this year and came into this game earlier as a pinch runner and got picked off. It couldn't be worse for him.
But Jorge Lopez didn't get the memo about Thompson's struggles, apparently. The right-hander walked Thompson, which forced in the game-winning run.
A slump-buster for Thompson? Dodgers fans certainly hope so because it's been brutal to watch him this year.
But this one goes to Cuzzi, who didn't let it get out of hand and kept it in reach for LA. Dodgers fans will take it, but it'd also be great if the judgement wasn't that bad.