For eight innings, it was the same old shit. The Dodgers scratched out two runs, the second on Mark Ellis' solo home run to start the third. They proceeded to get zero hits from their next eighteen batters.
But then three things happened:
1. Matt Kemp never gave up. He turned in another 0-for-4 performance at the plate, with three Ks. But when Yadier Molina led off the ninth with a double that Kemp misjudged, crashing into and — phew — safely bouncing off the padded Dodger Stadium outfield wall, Kemp kept his head. Yadi got greedy, trying to take third with his stumpy catcher legs, and Kemp gunned him down like some badass in a Coen Brothers movie.
2. CRUUUUUUUUUZ. In the bottom of the ninth, with the Dodgers down one and down to their last out, Andre Ethier singled. Dee Gordon ran for him and promptly stole second off Molina, making up for his ninth-inning CS in Thursday's Game 1 loss. Luis Cruz, the most dependable bat in a sea of multi-million-dollar contracts, smacked a full-count double to tie the game up. We'll say it: Luis Cruz is the Dodgers' MVP this year.
3. Juan Rivera? Really? Don Mattingly put Elian Herrera in to run for Cruz, and Juan Rivera lofted one juuuuust over Daniel Descalso's outstretched arm to score Herrera FTW.
Dodgers are actually tied for the second wild card spot. Unfortunately Clayton Kershaw isn't going tomorrow — but that won't stop us from watching.