LOS ANGELES – Maybe the Dodgers are taking the trick of this thing from the extra tickets.
The Dodgers slept for the first five innings against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night, achieving just one hit against Cubs starter Keegan Thompson at the time. But little by little they caught up after that slow start, winning 4-3 on Will Smith’s RBI single in the tenth inning.
The Dodgers have now won their last two extra-inning games after a 0-5 start and have a streak of five straight wins (with nine wins in their last 10 games).
Its owner, Tyler Anderson, withdrew the first 11 Cubs in order before striking out. Anderson’s change baffled the Cubs. They swayed 15 of them during the first four innings, failing nine times and putting the ball into play with weak contact with the others.
But Nico Hoerner was not fooled at the start of the fifth inning. He lined up a changup just above the wall on the left field (and just above Gavin Lux’s stretched glove) for a homer against Anderson.
In the sixth, the Cubs grouped a single from No. 9 hitter David Bote, a touchdown single, a wild throw, and a double on Ian Happ’s line to boost two more runs.
Happ raised the temperature a few minutes later when he was trapped between home and third in an Anderson comeback. Happ lowered his head and shoulder toward Anderson as he was marked, Anderson adding a push as Happ fell to the ground.
There was a furious tweet from both sides. That was as much life as the Dodgers had shown up to that point.
His first hit, a Will Smith single, a walk and a batting bat loaded the bases against Thompson with an out in the second inning. But Cody Bellinger struck out and Gavin Lux flew out to center field, starting a series of 13 consecutive batters retired by Thompson.
Freddie Freeman did that with a two-out double in the sixth inning. He seemed harmless when Smith threw a routine ball into the right field that should have finished the entry. But Seiya Suzuki dropped it, allowing Freeman to score on the error.
With that gift, the Dodgers’ comeback began.
Jake Lamb made a game of a run in the seventh with his first home run since joining the Dodgers and the tie was third when Lux tripled. Mookie Betts threw the earth to run aground there.
Justin Turner led the ninth with a single and Lamb pulled a pass. After choosing a field player, another walk loaded the bases and put the tie 90 yards back for Betts.
This time, he came with a sacrifice fly to tie the score and establish Smith’s heroism in the tenth inning.
More to come in this story.
– MLB (@MLB) July 9, 2022
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