Scott Van Slyke had four stolen bases in his career until tonight. His last stolen base was on May 9th in a loss to San Francisco.
But on Saturday night, Van Slyke stole two bases and his steal of third base was the key to winning rally. After the stolen base, Franklin Morales threw a wild pitch that easily scored Van Slyke and the Dodgers won 6-5 in 12 innings.
Carlos Frias picked up the win after pitching the three extra innings. Frias faced 10 batters, retired nine with one walk. Frias also struck out five.
It looked like the game would end in regulation as the Dodgers entered the ninth with a 5-4 lead. But the their one-run lead evaporated on a swing of the bat as Ben Paulsen homered on Paco Rodriguez's first pitch in the top of the ninth.
Rodriguez would get the next two batters out and then Brian Wilson recorded the third out of the inning.
The Dodgers had a scare way back in the first inning as Dee Gordon had to exit the game after grounding out.
Dee Gordon started at second base but after grounding out, he left the dugout after talking to Don Mattingly. The Dodgers later announced that Gordon had a right hip irritation and was day to day. Gordon had the same ailment in June and returned a few days later.
Mattingly said after the game that the move was made as a precaution and while there may additional tests, they think it is the same thing Gordon had earlier in the season.
A lesser concern occurred when Hanley Ramirez fouled a ball off his knee. Ramirez stayed in to complete his plate appearance. After he walked, he was replaced by Miguel Rojas. Don Mattingly had said before the game that Ramirez would not play on Sunday.
Dan Haren started and pitched five innings, he allowed two runs, six hits and struck out four. Haren left the game and as it turned out, left the clubhouse before the game ended.
Dan Haren (the less blurry version): pic.twitter.com/ua4l3NhV76— Ryan Walton (@RyanWaltonVBN) September 28, 2014
Adrian Gonzalez started the scoring with his 26th home run. The Rockies tied it on two ground rule doubles and then in the fifth inning, with two out, Rafael Ynoa singled to drive in the Rockies second run.
In the bottom of the fifth, with one out Yasiel Puig stole second and went to third on an error. Scott Van Slyke singled him Puig to tie the game.
Matt Kemp had been playing pepper with the left side of the infield in his prior plate appearances, this time he doubled down the line to score the Dodgers third run.
With two, Andre Ethier doubled in Kemp. After an intentional walk to Justin Turner, A.J. Ellis singled in Ethier for the Dodgers fourth run of the inning.
Following Haren, the Dodgers used Jamey Wright who pitched 1.1 innings and gave up a run. Scott Elbert and Brandon League each got an out in the seventh.
Yimi Garcia was Saturday night's eighth inning pitcher and he immediately gave up a long solo home run to Michael McKenry. However, Garcia righted the ship and struck out the next two batters. After a single, he got the last out on a grounder to second.
Colorado relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins made his 1000th appearance of his career when he entered the game with two out in the bottom of the 8th inning. He is the 16th pitcher to reach that mark.
The regular season finale will match up Zack Greinke against Christian Bergman. Juan Uribe will be the manager with Clayton Kershaw as his pitching coach. Expect to see some regulars in the starting lineup but look fast because they will likely be replaced after one plate appearance.
For fans attending the game, it will be Fan Appreciation Day and following the game, the Dodgers will host a postseason rally, hosted by comedian George Lopez, featuring interviews with Dodger players.
Home runs: Adrian Gonzalez (26), Michael McKenry (8), Ben Paulsen (4)
WP - Carlos Frias (1-1): 3 IP, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, 10 batters faced
LP - Franklin Morales (6-9): 1/3 inning, 1 run, 1 hit, 3 batters faced