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By Jon Weisman
Tonight’s 3-2 defeat at Texas was not a typical way for the Dodgers to lose.
The last time the Dodgers tied a game in the top of the ninth …
- and then lost on a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth was May 2, 2012 at Colorado.
- by hitting a home run and then lost on a walkoff homer in the bottom the ninth was September 7, 2007 at San Francisco.
- and then lost on a walkoff homer to the very first batter of the bottom of the ninth was July 11, 1970 at San Diego.
And the last time the Dodgers tied a game in the top of the ninth by hitting a home run, before losing to a home run on the very first batter of the bottom of the ninth? Going through records on Baseball-Reference.com dating back to 1940 … never.
For hard-throwing Josh Ravin, it was a tough initiation into the vast group of Major Leaguer pitchers who have, you know, lost games.
The loss was as sudden as it was seemingly improbable. The Dodgers had only one baserunner past second base through eight innings off Rangers rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez, before Howie Kendrick walked with one out in the ninth and Justin Turner hit his game-tying shot.
It’s little consolation, but Turner’s homer kept Brett Anderson from taking a loss in his longest outing (eight innings) since May 26, 2011. On the other hand, Anderson would have had his team-leading second complete game but for that mini-Home Run Derby in the ninth.
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