Though he is only a rookie, Matt Beaty has the presence of a seasoned-veteran. As we’ve learned all season, no moment is too big for the 26-year-old. Countless times all season, he’s delivered in the clutch, often giving the Dodgers game-winning hits. Saturday was yet another addition to his unforgettable rookie campaign.
After a six-run eighth by the Marlins tied the game, the Dodgers were looking for someone to help give them the lead again. That someone was Beaty.
His three-run homer gave the Dodgers the lead, and ultimately the victory, as they went on to defeat the Miami Marlins, 10-6.
Before the heroics from Beaty in the eighth, the game belonged to Clayton Kershaw. Getting the start for the Dodgers, Kershaw had arguably his best outing of the season. He threw six scoreless innings, striking out 10, including seven of the first nine hitters he faced. Only two Marlins managed a hit off him, and only one reached via a walk. On top of that, he delivered at the plate as well, driving in a run with a single.
The Dodgers entered the eighth with a 6-1 lead, but things quickly fell apart. Miami loaded the bases with no outs, bringing Jorge Alfaro to the plate. He flew out, but brought in a run to make it a four-run deficit. After a walk, the bases were loaded yet again. On the first pitch of the at bat, Brian Anderson doubled off Yimi Garcia to make it a 6-4 game. After Starlin Castro was hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded again. In what should have been an inning-ending double play, Enrique Hernandez threw the ball away, allowing two runs to score, and allowing the Marlins to tie the game at six.
Corey Seager doubled in the bottom of the eighth, and Austin Barnes followed with a walk, bringing up Beaty, who would give his team the win.
WP: Pedro Baez (5-2) 2⁄3 IP, 0 ER
LP: Elieser Hernandez (1-4) 2⁄3 IP, 4 ER, 2 BB
Home runs: Joc Pederson (22) Justin Turner (13) Matt Beaty (5) Starlin Castro (8)
The Dodgers will look to complete the series sweep tomorrow afternoon, as Walker Buehler takes the mound. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. PT.