Dave Roberts often says that every player on this Dodgers team wants to be that guy. The guy who gets a big hit to lead the team to a win. This has never been more true.
It’s not often Jedd Gyorko delivers for the Dodgers in a huge way. This is not meant to be shade, it’s just the truth. Before Sunday, Gyorko was 4-for-26 with one RBI with the Dodgers.
He got a huge opportunity to show off under the bright Sunday Night Baseball lights. The Dodgers-Mets game was tied at two runs a piece when he walked up to the plate. Kiké Hernández was the tying run on second base and there were two outs. On a 1-2 pitch, Gyorko hit a base hit up the middle to bring Hernández home, putting the Dodgers up 3-2.
It was truly magnificent. This just goes to show that even though the Dodgers can be in some unfavorable situations late in games, they know how to get out on top.
I couldn’t finish this post without talking about the bullpen, either.
Pedro Baez, Dustin May, Kenley Jansen, Adam Kolarek and Kenta Maeda (phew) combined to pitch four scoreless relief innings. The only pitcher to allow a hit was Dustin May, but he did deal two strikeouts, which is more than any other Dodgers reliever of the night. Jansen tossed an absolutely dominant eighth inning, getting the job done in just 10 pitches.
If this is a sneak peak of what the Dodgers will look like in the postseason, prepare for high stress with some late-inning relief.