The Los Angeles Dodgers have taken control of their own destiny in an effort to space themselves in the standings and create some leeway after the sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. The team rode the back of their ace and reigning MVP, Clayton Kershaw, who dazzled fans and the Giants with another dominant outing.
Although there wasn’t a lot of scoring throughout the game, there were a lot of key plays that took place. In the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game, third baseman Justin Turner got on base after being hit by a pitch. With Andre Ethier up to bat on a 1-1 count, Turner took off on the pitch and appeared to have been beaten:
Turner’s helmet became the key to the slide, as it came off and hit Ehire Adrianza’s glove to stop the initial tag.
Mike Leake, the starter for the Giants, hadn’t been tested on the bases that much during the 2015 campaign. After Turner stole second, runners are just 3-for-6 in attempted bases stolen while Leake has been on the mound. Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy immediately got out of the dugout to ponder the possibility of challenging the play, but after his staff looked over the play, they also determined Turner was safe.
The play look eerily similar in concept to a play Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs made on a stolen base to third. After seeing he was about to be tagged out, he stopped his momentum on his left side and slid with his right foot to touch third base and was called safe. On the season, Turner now has stolen three bases and has been caught only once. For the game, the 30-year-old went 1-for-2, with a hit and a run scored.