The Dodgers sent 17 batters to the plate after the sixth inning Wednesday night against the Mets. Ten of them reached base. Six of them scored. Three of them homered.A three-run ninth-inning deficit turned into a one-run walkoff victory in about the time it took you to read this paragraph.
LA showed that its power-laden lineup also includes a few grinders. Cody Bellinger fell behind 0-2 against Mets closer Edwin Diaz in the ninth, then hooked a game-tying double into Will Hernandez Jerseys the right-center field gap a couple of pitches later. Alex Verdugo likewise fell into an 0-2 hole before later hitting a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that produced a 9-8 victory.
The win expanded the team's lead in the National League West to eight games.Yes, it's verygood to be a Dodger these days.
"We're naaaasty," Verdugo after the game. "The boys can hit. The boys can hit."
The Dodgers (37-19) lead the NL with 5.46 runs per game (306 runs in 56 games) and are third with 88 home runs. The late-inning dingers Wednesday came from Corey Seager, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy. The latter two were back-to-back to lead off Evan Engram Jerseys the ninth against Diaz.
LA was confident it could complete arally that began when Mets starterNoah Syndergaard left the game after six innings and 116 pitches. That type of swagger comes from playing in the World Series each of the past two years and in the playoffs each of the past six.
"You can't take any lead lightly" when playing the Dodgers, Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso told reporters (). Alonso homered twice to help New York build an 8-3 lead after 6 1/2 innings. LA turned it into rubble against Robert Gsellman, Jeurys Familia and, finally, Diaz.
TheDodgers aresecond in the New York Giants Jackets NL with a .794 OPS in late-and-close situations (from the seventh inning on with the team leading by a run, tied or trailing by as many as three runs). That they're last in the league with 175 plate appearances in those situations is a testament to their ability to build big leads.
Diaz, who has had two blown saves in his past four appearances,told reporters that Wednesday was the worst day of his career. He threw 30 pitches while allowing four runs, meaning heprobably won't be able to attempt payback in Thursday's series finale.
Other high-level NL closers can empathize with Diaz, judging from their 2019 numbers vs. the Dodgers:
Josh Hader: Three games, two lo ses, 10.80 ERA.
Raisel Iglesias: Two games, one lo s, 18.00 ERA.
Kirby Yates:Two games, two lo ses, 9.00 ERA.
"I don't know. We're good, man," Bellinger said, , when asked why his team hasexcelled against some of the league's top ninth-inning pitchers.
The Dodgers don't need to think too hard about it, not when the boys can hit the Azeez Ojulari Jerseys way they do.