Going to the ninth inning this evening, there were two NL West games of relevance, both knotted at 3-3 ties.
In San Francisco, Boston was down 3-2 before battling back to tie the game 3-3 in the seventh inning. And then, in the tenth inning, Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single off of Giants closer Santiago Casilla to win the game. Casilla had loaded the bases, and as the Boston commentator mentioned, "I think Bochy stayed with this closer too long":
Meanwhile, down in sunnier climates, the Dodgers and Rockies were tied at 3 apiece in the ninth. Trayce Thompson knocked in his 10th HR of the year, a solo shot with two out in the bottom of the ninth, to give the Dodgers the victory over Colorado. That's Thompson's second walk-off HR of the season, which brings back memories of what Andre Ethier used to be able to do for us. Wow.
Julio Urias had his best start of the season, four innings of one-run ball which lasted 86 pitches. He's still not very economical with the pitch count, but his 7 Ks tonight definitely have great potential in the cards. Leave it to Joe Blanton to screw up his second inning of work and start to give up the lead (not that Urias would have gotten a win anyway, with only four innings of work), and then Pedro Baez to blow the save outright. Both Blanton and Baez had 3 Ks each.
Justin Turner had a three-run HR in the first inning to sore Chase Utley and Corey Seager.
Dodgers move to three back of the Giants and a half-game out of the wild card (with only 102 games left to play).