The Dodgers did what they do best ... make late inning comebacks. Matt Beaty came up to the plate in the top of the ninth inning with the Dodgers down 6-5. With two on and one out, Beaty came in clutch with a three-run homer to put LA up by two runs.
The team was hyped up after making that huge comeback and were just three outs away from securing the victory. All Kenley Jansen had to do was get three outs. But that’s not what happened.
For the fourth time this season, Jansen blew a save to give the Dodgers a very emotional loss. He gave up four straight hits, allowing the Phillies to earn a walk-off win, 9-8.
He spoke to the media postgame, revealing his foot was numb after he took a comebacker to his right ankle.
“I’m not an excuses guy,” he said to Bill Plunkett of the OCR. “But I should have come out of the game.”
Yeah. He really should have.
Before the drama in the 9th, the Phillies were taking advantage of Walker Buehler early in the game, scoring six runs off of him in the first two innings. Buehler was only charged with two of those six runs because of an error. The 24-year-old settled down in the third inning, cruising through four scoreless innings.
Yimi García and Pedro Baez were the shining stars out of the bullpen, each pitching a scoreless inning.
The Dodgers didn’t disappoint on offense as they continued their dinger fest from Monday night, hitting five on Tuesday. Cody Bellinger hit one of the five Dodgers homers to increase his MLB home run lead to two over Christian Yelich. Plus, Bellinger and Muncy have officially become home run buddies.
They did it again tonight, so worth noting that Bellinger & Muncy have both homered in 21 games since the start of 2018. That's the most for any duo in MLB over that span #Dodgers— Rick Krajewski (@Rick_K21) July 17, 2019
WP: Ranger Suárez (1-0), 2⁄3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 K
LP: Kenley Jansen (3-3, 4 BS), 1⁄3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 K
Home runs: Max Muncy (25), Cody Bellinger (34), A.J. Pollock (5), Joc Pederson (21), Matt Beaty (3), Scott Kingrey (13), Brad Miller (4), Bryce Harper (17)
The Dodgers try to redeem their heartbreaking loss with a Wednesday night win. Kenta Maeda will take charge on the mound, facing right hander Nick Pivetta. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PDT.