The Diamondbacks edged out the Dodgers 5-4 on Friday-night-turned-Saturday-morning. And it was a long one. In fact, it was the longest regular season home game in Dodgers history.
Carson Kelly ended the six hour, five minute long game in the top of the 13th inning, with a double that drove in Nick Ahmed and ended the game.
The night all started when Pollock hit a shot to left field, opening up the scoring and putting the Dodgers on top, 1-0. After Robbie Ray loaded the bases with blue in the third, Pollock back came in to add to the Dodgers’ runs. He hit a two-out single, driving in two runs to put the Dodgers up by a score of 3-0.
The game was quiet from then until the seventh inning. That’s when it got interesting. Joe Kelly inherited two base runners when he came into relieve Pedro Baez and gave up a three-run homer to give up the three-run lead.
The Dodgers quickly responded to this in their half of the seventh inning. A.J. Pollock came in with a two-out double, setting up a runner in scoring position for Corey Seager. Seager delivered by driving Pollock in with a base hit, putting the Dodgers back on top, 4-3. But it doesn’t end there.
Kelly came back to pitch in the eighth inning and would give up the lead for the second time. This time, on a bases-loaded groundout that scored the runner on third base. His appearance ended after this inning and it’s safe to say Joe Kelly’s Dodgers debut didn’t go quite as planned.
The Dodgers threatened to end the game in the ninth by getting two runners, but couldn’t deliver - sending it into extra innings. Not much would happen between then and the 13th, when the game was won in the top half.
This wild game comes behind Ross Stripling’s lights-out pitching performance. After allowing a leadoff base hit in the first inning, Stripling would go on to retire the next eight batters in a row. He pitched 5 ⅓ scoreless innings on Friday night, only allowing a total of three hits and one walk, while striking out five batters.
Dodgers offensive performance of the game
AJ Pollock: 4 for 6, 3 RBI, 1 HR, 2 runs scored, 1 K
Pollock batted in three runs against his former team and had a hand in all the other runs the Dodgers scored in game two, earning him the player of the game title.
The Dodgers look to bounce back tomorrow evening, facing Arizona in their third of four games. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 pm PDT at Dodger Stadium. It is also Walker Buehler bobblehead night.