I can’t say it was pretty – far from it – and to be honest, it was pretty boring for the first five innings. But in a game that saw 13 runs scored from the bottom of the fifth on and approximately 78 different lead changes, the Dodgers walk away from a back-and-forth Sunday affair with a 7-6 win and a series sweep.
This game took on so many different forms that for most of it, I was sure we’d be discussing how disappointing Andre Ethier has been for months now, yet he ended up with two of the biggest hits of the day – a two-run double off of lefty (!) James Russell in the seventh and a single off of Shawn Camp in the ninth, pushing Matt Kemp to third. That allowed Hanley Ramirez to stroke a Camp pitch to left for his second walkoff as a Dodger, and the celebration was on.
Of course, so much happened that it’s impossible to give full service to all of it. There was A.J. Ellis with two more hits, including doubling in the first run. And Luis Cruz with two hits of his own, including a two-run single in the sixth. And the bullpen pitching terribly, as Brandon League & Randy Choate were each charged with runs – note that Javy Guerra wasn’t, even though he gave up a run-scoring hit – and Kenley Jansen allowing a game-tying homer to Anthony Rizzo in the top of the ninth. And Shane Victorino continuing to struggle as a Dodger. And Joe Blanton walking in more than he had in his previous four starts combined. And about twelve other things.
All of which led to a situation where it seemed like the Dodgers would lose the game but still take the series, and we’d all have been acting like they just got swept into last place. Fortunately for us all, we can save that conversation for another day; with the win, the Dodgers remain a half game behind the Giants and gain one on Arizona.