LOS ANGELES—The Dodgers did it again. Trailing 5-2 in the ninth inning, the Dodgers hit three consecutive home runs to tie the game, a feat that hadn’t been done since 2006. Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin and Marlon Anderson of the Dodgers hit four straight to win the game. Cody Bellinger, hit two home runs, including his first career homer and another one during the wild four-run ninth inning.
“I have never been a part of anything like this before,” Bellinger said. “It was crazy, and I’m glad to be a part of it. I’m kind of speechless right now. I don’t even remember what I did.”
The Phillies seemed to have the game under control for most of the contest. Their bats got Brandon McCarthy, who has been the Dodgers second best pitcher this year behind all-star Clayton Kershaw, knocked off the mound in the fifth inning after surrendering four runs. In the end, the Dodgers were celebrating an exhilarating win, while the Phillies were left with the pungent distaste of disappointment and defeat.
“What a way to lose,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “One thing about Neris is for some reason he’s getting away from his split. He wants to throw more fastballs, and that’s not going to work. He’s going to have to get back to that split. Whether he’s not feeling confident with it for some reason or not, we have to get him back on track because he’s better than that.
The game seemed to be a home run contest between the two teams as they jacked seven altogether. The Dodgers struck first when Andrew Toles knocked a 426 foot homer to center field in the first inning to put them up 1-0. The Phillies responded in the fourth inning with a three-run shot by Brock Stassi, which put the Phillies up for the first time, 3-1. In what seemed like a preview of future heroics, Bellinger hit a solo homer in the seventh inning that cut into the Phillies lead, making it 4-2. The Phillies weren’t done yet though, rookie Andrew Knapp delivered his first career home run as well with a solo shot of his own that gave Philadelphia an insurance run. Unfortunately, they were not able to cash out on that insurance.
Yasiel Puig, who has seen a return to power this year, kicked the comeback into motion when he led off the ninth inning with a solo shot to center field. Bellinger followed suit, getting his second homer of the game and his career. Justin Turner extended his major-league-leading 15-game hit streak, when Roberts called on him to pinch hit. The third baseman delivered a game-tying solo shot to left field that sent the crowd at Dodger stadium into a frenzy. The frenzy continued when Adrian Gonzalez stepped to the plate and delivered a walk off single that completed an impressive rally. This is the type of win that Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts believes can carry on momentum for his team moving forward.
“I don’t know where this is going to take us, but sometimes in a season you look back at certain nights, at certain games that you can point to that the team gained some traction and turn things around,” said Roberts. “This might be that day.”
The Dodgers will be looking for a series sweep when they take on Philadelphia Sunday for the three game finale. Phillies Nick Pieta will be making his first first start in the major leagues while Kenta Maeda (0-4, 4.64 ERA) is still searching for his first victory in three years.