Los Angeles, CA – When things get tough for the Los Angeles Dodgers, they find ways to push back and prove why they are the best team in baseball. Last night, the Dodgers rallied back in the 9th inning to secure a sweep against a good NL team, St. Louis Cardinals.
Going into the 9th inning, the score was 1-0 after rookie pitcher Dustin May gave up a home run to Marcell Ozuna. The game was tight and no team was giving up much to each other. It was until that 9th inning when Corey Seager got on base after being hit by pitcher Andrew Miller that things changed. Miller was then replaced with Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez, which many people would argue why wasn’t he sent to finish the 9thinning from the beginning.
Martinez would come in and face Will Smith, to whom he gave up a single after throwing four fastballs. Martinez would then strikeout Edwin Rios, to be one out away from finishing the game. With two on and two outs, Russell Martin would walk up to the plate and try to finish off the game, and that is just what he did. After a wild pitch that moved Seager to third and Smith to second, Martin seemed determined to bring in both baserunners with a good hit. On the 5th pitch of the at-bat, Martin hit a 98 MPH fastball down the middle and into center field. In came Seager, with Smith sprinting from second base and able to beat the throw with a slide, and the Dodgers would end the game with a score of 2-1.
Martin had struggled all game having gone 0-3, but came up clutch with his single to center, which won the game. After the game, Martin answered a question about his approach to a hard throwing Martinez: “You just shorten up your swing, try to touch the ball and let destiny happen.” This was Martin’s first walk-off since May 4th, 2016 when he hit a single to right field to beat the Texas Rangers, while he was playing for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Rookie May had a good outing. He went 5.2 innings allowing five hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out seven batters.
The Dodgers will now face the Arizona Diamondbacks at home with the first game taking place tonight, August 8th at 7:10 PM PT. Dodger Walker Buehler (10-2, 3.22 ERA) will take the mound and hopes to have another strong outing. In his last outing, Buehler went 9 innings where he struck out 15 batters. For the Diamondbacks, they will have Robbie Ray (10-7, 4.03 ERA) take the mound.