Whack-a-Moles’ revenge: Dodgers give 2013 a new look in 8-7 comeback victory

It’s one of the oldest rules at Dodger Thoughts: It isn’t a turning point if you’re asking if it’s a turning point.

But what you can say about tonight’s game is this: It was some kind of relief.

Down 6-1 in the fourth inning, the Dodgers staged their biggest rally of the year to take the lead … only to lose it … only to regain it … and then hold on for an 8-7 victory over the Angels, ending their opponents’ eight-game winning streak.

The Dodgers did it without Matt Kemp (0 for 5 with four strikeouts and what could have been called an error in the first inning) and mostly without Zack Greinke (four innings, 25 batters, 11 baserunners), thanks to this rather astonishing roll call.

• Adrian Gonzalez, 4 for 4 with four runs and two doubles (and 9 for 11 in his past three games)
• Scott Van Slyke, 2 for 4 with two doubles
• Juan Uribe, 3 for 3 with a double, all off the bench
• Luis Cruz, 1 for 3 with his first unintentional walk in 199 plate appearances since  August 29.
• Five innings of one-run relief from Matt Guerrier, Javy Guerra, Ronald Belisario, Kenley Jansen and Brandon League.
• Six of the 11 doubles, a Dodger Stadium record according to Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. (The previous record, by the way, of 10 was set at the 4+1 game.)

Clip and save this one – an actual 2013 Dodger rally.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Beautiful game…Ryu vs. Blanton next
    Going in for surgery tomorrow so you guys need to hold down the fort for the next few days while I have to endure my hospital stay

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

      Best wishes, KT.

    • Anonymous

      Good wishes for a quick and speedy recovery.

    • Anonymous

      God luck, bud.

    • Anonymous

      All the best KT

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      I hope it’s as uneventful as the two surgeries I had last year were.

  • Anonymous

    OK then Jon, I won’t ask if it is a turning point, I’ll say it IS a turning point!

    • Anonymous

      Be aware of the coriolis effect! We could be going down the tubes based on your reading.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Lotta hits! (of course, we don’t need no hit to beat these guys – hail to the Bison!).

  • Anonymous

    Don’t look now (actually, perhaps you better look now cuz no tellin’ how long it will last), but Uribear has a 125 OPS+!

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

    NPUT