Well, okay, I suppose the true “most Dodger game ever” is Clayton Kershaw giving up one unearned run in nine innings, but losing 1-0 because the offense couldn’t get anything on the board. But this feels pretty close, doesn’t it? Down 3-0 after six innings, they clawed their way back to relevancy by making it 3-2 on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Ellis and a single from Jerry Hairston.
That’s important, because if they hadn’t, whatever the hell this was from Ronald Belisario in the seventh might not have mattered so much:
Belisario proceeded to hit Thomas Neal in the helmet, at which point Don Mattingly mercifully lifted him in favor of Paco Rodriguez. Ichiro Suzuki lifted a bloop single down the left field line to score two, giving the Yankees a 6-2 lead.
So what made it the most Dodger game ever, other than that Belisario disaster? They made four errors on the day — the other two both from Skip Schumaker — and wasted a superlative offensive performance from Hanley Ramirez, who had four hits, including a laser beam homer in the eighth to make the final score look a whole lot closer than it was. That makes Belisario’s mess something of the margin of victory and… well, I don’t really want to talk about it any more.
We did at least see Yasiel Puig turn a routine single up the middle into a double — that’s a real thing — and face off against the immortal Mariano Rivera in the ninth, striking out. But still, an ugly game on an otherwise beautiful day.
Oh, and they play again in 2.5 hours. Wonderful?