The blown lead avoided becoming a nightmare. Tied 8-8 in the bottom of the ninth, with two out …
Mark Ellis walked. (He stole second.)
Matt Kemp walked.
James Loney walked. (Joe Thatcher then replaced Andrew Cashner.)
Andre Ethier walked.
And just like that, the Dodgers won the game, 9-8, running their record to 7-1. What a night – the craziest Dodger-Padre game since the 4+1 game. Instead of four homers in the bottom of the ninth, we had four walks.
It was the Dodgers’ first walk-off walk since May 23, 2009 … when Juan Pierre, of all people, did it. On June 3, 2003, the Dodgers won a game in the bottom of the ninth with a hit batter and three walks. They had three straight walks to end a game on September 26, 1989. I can’t find a game dating back to 1973 that ended with four straight Dodgers drawing walks.
Unfortunately, I’m bringing my kids to the game Saturday, so the four-game winning streak will probably end. But hey, new streak Sunday!
The team record for extra innings is 22, in a 2-1 19-inning loss to the Reds on August 8, 1972.
Dodger pitchers have 81 strikeouts in 73 innings this season: 9.99 strikeouts per nine innings.
Update: “After the game Don Mattingly said Todd Coffey has been getting treatment on his knee,” tweeted Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. A disabled list trip for Coffey could keep Josh Lindblom on the roster where he belongs, instead of him going down to the minors to make room for Saturday starter Ted Lilly.
Hopefully, we don’t find out that Kenley Jansen is hurt. The last time Jansen blew a save, on May 23, he was headed to the disabled list one outing later.