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May 28, 2011

Dodgers’ Navarro walks-off in ninth

by @ 10:41 am. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers used a base-loaded ninth-inning to take game one of a three game series over the Florida Marlins.

The game was tied at 2-all in the eighth.  Hanley Ramirez walked to lead-off the inning for the Marlins, advancing to third on Gaby Sanchez’s line-drive single.  Immediately following Sanchez, Greg Dobbs stepped into the box and made the walk to Ramirez pay with his second RBI-single of the night to tie the game.

The game would remain tied until the ninth-inning.  Dodgers third basemen, Casey Blake, would single to lead-off the bottom of the ninth.  Andre Ethier would also single in the inning advancing Blake to third with still nobody out.  Marlins relief pitcher, Clay Hensley though could not get a Dodger out as he proceeded to walk Matt Kemp for a bases-loaded no-out scenario.

Dioner Navarro would pinch-hit and be a Dodgers hero for the night.  His single up the middle propelled Los Angeles to a 3-2 victory in walk-off fashion.

The Dodgers big-guns are starting to look and play good ball; all contributing in a positive way for this win.  James Loney and Ethier both slammed solo homeruns in the second and sixth-inning respectively.

For Florida, it was Dobbs doing all the work, bringing home Ramirez twice for the Marlins only runs of the night in both the sixth and eighth.  Ramirez reached base twice on walks that led to runs.  In the sixth he was able to advance to second on Logan Morrison’s single and took third on a double-play ball by Gaby Sanchez.

Rubby De La Rosa was awarded the win courtesy of Navarro’s pinch-hit game-winning single in the ninth.   The Dodgers may now have a chance for the NL West if they can continue to find ways to win games and get on an 8-2 or 9-1 streak.  I do not see Arizona keeping pace with San Francisco and the loss of Buster Posey will hurt the Giants come games in late-August and the month of September.

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