On a night when the vaunted Dodgers rookies weren't at their best — Ryu gave up five earned over five innings, and Puig went 1 for 7 with three Ks — their teammates scraped together the grittiest win we've seen this season. Appropriately enough, it came against the Diamondbacks.
- Hanley put the Dodgers ahead with a booming two-RBI double in the 5th, kept the Dodgers' rally going in the 9th with a single, and hit what would be the game-winning homer in the 14th. And you know what? His defense is getting better too.
- Ajellis got the game-tying RBI in the 9th, and homered in the 14th for some valuable insurance.
- Mellis went 2 for 7; he should have gone 4 for 7 but was robbed on great diving plays by Ross and Pollock. He also played his usual strong defense, and worked a sweet 14-pitch AB off Collmenter in the 10th to drive up his pitch count.
- AGon homered in the 7th to pull the Dodgers to within one.
- The bullpen (J.P., Beli, Dominguez, Paco, Withrow, Kenley) basically threw a CGSHO. Special mention to...
- Withrow, who didn't back down from the dangerous Goldschmidt in his three innings of work, and Kenley, who went two strong for the
- Vin, for amiably guiding us through five extra innings he wasn't planning on.
- Kirk Gibson, for inexplicably forcing Cody Ross to bunt with one on and no out in the 13th, even with two strikes (Ross bunt-popped out for strike three...which should have been a DP, if you think about it).
It was a team victory in every sense of the term. The Dodgers sweep the D'backs (6-1, 6-1, 7-5; game, set, match); on this crucial road trip they mowed through the NL West, going 7 of 9 (thanks, Sax!) against the Rox, Giants, and Snakes, and vaulting from last to second place. The Dodgers are at .500 for the first time since April 30 and are 1.5 games out of first.
Come home, boys! Put the Rockies in their place and take a well-earned few days off (except you, Clayton, and maybe you, Yasiel).