Dodgers survive 10th-inning scare, head into 11th

With the Dodgers and Braves tied heading into the bottom of the 10th inning, Randy Choate entered the game for the Dodgers (a little late for those who would have liked to have seen him face Jason Heyward in the eighth with the tying run on base). Choate struck out his first batter but allowed a single to Michael Bourn.

As the Dodgers’ top reliever, Kenley Jansen, idled away, Don Mattingly turned to struggling July acquisition Brandon League.

Then came a critical error. Matt Treanor threw down to second base trying to catch Bourn stealing, and the ball skidded past both Hanley Ramirez and Mark Ellis into center field, allowing Bourn to take the winning run to third base with still only one out.

League went 3-0 to Martin Prado, but came back to strike him out (on a low 3-2 pitch). Then, after walking Heyward, League induced a harmless fly to center from Chipper Jones.

And we moved on to the 11th …

  • Anonymous

    Put it in the air, somewhere, Juan.

    • Anonymous

      I guess I was late with my request.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Giants score five in the third at San Diego, lead 6-0. 

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      both the Gnats and Snakes have weaker opponents this go round

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

     Uggla grounds out on a 3-0 pitch.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

     Doesn’t seem like League has much idea where the ball is going when it leaves his hand.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Correction – Giants now have eight in the third inning and are still batting. 

  • Blue-eyed Gal

    That switch couldn’t come too soon. Yikes. 

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on Jamie get this next one

  • Anonymous

    Has Mattingly addressed the question of putting Kenley in earlier than a save situation?

    • Anonymous

      I guess Mattingly was saving Kenley for the 12th inning . . .. or later.  What a poor job of managing his bullpen.  Back to second place.

      • Anonymous

        I was actually thinking of the 8th inning — with the runners at 2nd & 3rd. Does Kenley not do as well in the middle of the inning?

  • Anonymous

    2 outs and nobody on , then it all went south from there. Good game other than the blown save by Beli.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

     NPUT

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    tough one to lose