The Dodgers could have flown themselves home without a plane on Wednesday night as they picked up their greatest win of the season, a stunning 7-5 victory in 14 innings over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Not only are the Dodgers back at .500, but they are now 1½ games back instead of 3½ games back.
What a difference.
But just how rare was that comeback?
When Yasiel Puig struck out against Heath Bell for the second out in the ninth inning, per Baseball-Reference.com, the Dodgers' chances to win the game were just three percent.
The Dodgers were 0-33 when trailing after eight innings this season. All of MLB through Wednesday is 63-1,130 (.053) in those situations.
Before Adrian Gonzalez came to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning, the Dodgers this season with two outs in the ninth inning while trailing had two hits in 41 at-bats, including a home run (by Scott Van Slyke against the Angels on May 29), six walks, and 19 strikeouts, hitting .049/.170/.122.
Major League Baseball as a whole through Wednesday is hitting .223/.296/.362 in those situations.
Even after Gonzalez walked, the Diamondbacks were 92% favorites to win the game. Even after the single by Hanley Ramirez, Arizona was given an 86% chance to win. But A.J. Ellis, with his nine-game hitting streak and nine of last 11 games with an RBI, brought it all back even with an RBI single.
The Dodgers were 30-42. They are now 45-45.
The Dodgers were 9-23 against the National League West. They are now 21-25 within the division.
In the last 19 days, the Dodgers are 15-3. The rest of the NL West is 20-50.
Enjoy it. That was a rare victory.