Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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LOS ANGELES — Ladies and Gentleman, he has done it again.
The Dodgers Matt Kemp had another walk-off hit to give Los Angeles a win in extras. The home run gave Kemp his 100th RBI of the season as Los Angeles used a five-run sixth to eliminate the deficit, going on to win 7-6 against the Colorado Rockies.
Chad Billingsley got roughed up by the Rockies’ bats early, proving that it would indeed by a long afternoon for the Dodgers starter. He pitched just six-innings, but during that span, allowed ten-hits which turned into four-runs, three of which were earned, throwing 123-pitches.
Colorado piled the runs on Billingsley in the third as three batters all reached base safely. Mark Ellis led off with a double, scoring the first run of the day on a Carlos Gonzalez single. The very next batter, Troy Tulowitzki, brought Gonzalez home and himself, sending a two-run bomb into the left-field seats.
The Rockies added another run in the fourth on Gonzalez’s second RBI-single, leading the Dodgers 4-0 through five-innings.
Despite being down four-runs in the sixth, the Dodgers’ actually grabbed a one-run lead, scoring five-runs in the frame.
With one-out and runners at the corners, Matt Kemp stepped up and hit a grounder to the third baseman who threw home, but Colorado catcher, Chris Iannetta, could not handle the throw as a run crossed the plate with runners at the corners again.
Juan Rivera then dropped a hit in front of the right fielder for an RBI, and Matt Kemp took third on a close play that appeared to have Kemp out at third, but another bobble by the Rockies defense allowed Kemp to be safe too.
With runners in scoring position and still just one-out, the Rockies gambled by walking Andre Ethier to apply the force at all bases. However, that worked to their disadvantage as Casey Blake doubled to left center for two RBI’s, tying the game 4-4.
With Blake standing at third, Jamey Carroll hit a grounder into right field that scored Blake, giving the Dodgers’ their first lead of the afternoon, 5-4.
However, Tulowitzki was thinking multi-day, as he sent his second home run of the game to left for a Rockies’ 6-5 lead.
Entering the ninth, hope was still alive as the heart of the Dodgers’ lineup was due up. It did not take long for the fans to be up in their seats again as James Loney hit a game-tying home run to prevent the loss for the time being.
Los Angeles’s bullpen was money in extras, getting three batters to strikeout and three others to groundout in both the tenth and eleventh as they did not allow a hitter to reach base.
Finally, the eleventh approached and so did a couple other things. The first being Kemp at home plate with one-out and no one on base. The other was a 0-2 solo home run for a game winner to give Los Angeles the 7-6 win. It was Kemp’s 31-home run and 100-RBI of the season.
The Dodgers’ look for the sweep in Sunday’s series finale as this will be the final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.
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