By Jon Weisman
How can something be so exhilarating and so exhausting at once?
How can Joc Pederson hit two homers and a triple in one day … and his team still be one strike away from two losses?
How can his team still be down by three with two out and two strikes on the batter … and win the game?
Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? pic.twitter.com/0ptBa5a4Mu
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) June 3, 2015
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Doctor, my eyes … my eyes are fried.
If you’re a Los Angeles Dodger fan, this was a first for your team.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 1958, according to Elias Sports and the Dodger public relations department, the Dodgers had hit five other grand slams after two were out in the ninth. Four of those were in tie games. After the only previous two-out, come-from-behind grand slam in the ninth inning, the Dodgers still lost the game. Todd Benzinger’s heroic blast on September 4, 1992 was not enough to prevent a ninth-inning collapse and the Dodgers falling to 54-80 in that misbegotten season.
Kenley Jansen made sure that didn’t happen again.
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How in the world is Guerrero doing this? Ten home runs in 98 at-bats. A 1.011 OPS.
Babe freakin Guerrero!!
— Brandon Beachy (@Brandon_Beachy) June 3, 2015
And how in the world is Pederson doing this? Home runs in four straight games. A .971 OPS, at age 23. On pace (forgive me) for 50 homers.
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Pederson and Guerrero have combined for 26 home runs, and the season has 110 games to go.
Not for nothing, the three players who got the hits ahead of Guerrero’s slam had batting averages of .212 (Alberto Callaspo), .211 (Jimmy Rollins) and .125 (Chris Heisey).
And let’s not forget Josh Ravin, who came up today and made his big-league debut after 209 games across 10 seasons in the minors, threw five pitches at a combined 494 miles per hour — and got the win. He is the first National League pitcher since 2006 to get an MLB win with only five career pitches.
Oh, it’s a scene, man. It is a scene.