Dodgers’ Group Effort Completes Series Sweep

 

Brett Anderson, the Dodgers’ starter on Wednesday took the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks hoping to finish off a three-game series sweep, at Dodger stadium. Despite Arizona taking an early lead off the lefty, the Dodgers got a group effort from their fountain of youth and crafty veterans, delivering a 7-6 walk-off victory on their way to completing the series sweep.

Anderson never quite found his command against Arizona’s lineup, so he’d need some help from his teammates behind him. He allowed a first inning run when Yasmany Tomas picked up a long RBI-single off the wall for the D-backs third hit of the inning. The southpaw picked himself up in the bottom of the second inning, at the plate, surprisingly. The Dodgers had runners on the corners with one out, leaving it up to Anderson, who laid down a perfect bunt forcing three Arizona infielders to charge, allowing Ethier to dance halfway down the third base line before scoring on the play.

Two batters later, Yasiel Puig (3) launched a no-doubter three-run homer off D-backs starter’ Jeremy Hellickson into the right field pavilion to give Los Angeles a 4-1 lead. It was his first home run since returning from the disabled list and first since April 13 against the Seattle Mariners. Puig ended the night with four hits, falling just a triple shy of the cycle.

Hellickson’s night ended after 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits, including Yasmani Grandal’s (6) solo-shot in the third inning. Arizona was robbed of chance in the top of the third inning to tie the game, literally, as Dodgers’ rookie center fielder Joc Pederson climbed up the center field wall to take away a three-run home run from Tomas.

Anderson’s night didn’t last much longer than his counterparts, after allowing back-to-back homers to Paul Goldschmidt (17) and Tomas (2) in the fifth inning, respectively, allowing the D-backs to cut the Dodgers lead to 5-4. He finished five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, with three strikeouts and one walk.

One inning later, the Dodgers picked up one run of insurance on Enrique Hernandez’s sac-fly.

The D-backs fought back all night, and brought the game within one run after Chris Owings sac-fly off reliever Yimi Garcia in the seventh inning. That set up the ninth inning, when closer Kenley Jansen uncharacteristically served up a lead-off home run to A.J. Pollock, tying the game 6-6.

Los Angeles was left with no other choice but to win in walk-off fashion. Puig led the way again in the ninth inning, drawing a one out walk. Adrian Gonzalez followed with another walk, setting up Howie Kendrick’s game-winning single off Daniel Hudson that dropped into right field.

The Dodgers fifth walk-off win of the season keeps them one game ahead of the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West.

WP: Kenley Jansen (1-0, 1.00)

LP: Daniel Hudson (1-2, 3.67)

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