A day after taking a 16-1 pounding at the hand of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Los Angeles Dodgers came back and fought for a 4-3 walk-off victory courtesy of catcher A.J. Ellis.
In the bottom of the ninth, Hanley Ramirez led things off with a single to left field. A Matt Kemp strikeout and an Andre Ethier walk brought up Ellis with a chance to end the game. On the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Ellis shot a single through the right side to score Ramirez and give the Dodgers their second walk-off of the season.
Rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu faced off against former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and outdueled the All-Star over seven innings of work. Ryu allowed just two runs and struck out six, while Lee allowed three runs, although he did strike out 10. The rookie left-hander received a no-decision but lowered his season ERA to 2.83.
The Dodgers went into the ninth inning up by a run; however, closer Kenley Jansen blew the save with some help from his defense. Michael Young led off the Phillies’ ninth with a single that right fielder Yasiel Puig misplayed and Young was able to take an extra base. A ground out moved Young to third with one out and Jimmy Rollins hit a line drive to center field that was caught by Kemp. The center fielder then fired a throw home that was off-the-mark and allowed Young to score from third. A triple by Domonic Brown had the Phillies on the verge of taking the lead before Delmon Young struck out.
The Phillies scored first in the top of the first, but the Dodgers were able to come back and score three in the bottom half, compliments of a three-run home run by Ramirez. The Phillies scored one more in the third before a wave of zeros hit the scoreboard until the eventful ninth.
The win improved the Dodgers’ record to 37-43 and was their seventh win in their previous eight games.
Ellis’ Walk-Off Single in the 9th