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Dodgers: Brian Dozier Walks it Off in Extras to Avoid the Sweep

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Aug 15, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson (31), shortstop Manny Machado (8) and relief pitcher Pedro Baez celebrate with second baseman Brian Dozier (6) after he a sacrifice fly to score atcher Yasmani Grandal (9) for the winning run in the twelfth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Images

What a roller coaster of emotions at Chavez Ravine. After losing five-straight games, the Dodgers faithful were fired up and ready for a breakout. Los Angeles took an early lead being the return of Hyun-jin Ryu, but the wheels fell off quickly.

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s fantastic six-inning outing was ruined by another bullpen unraveling. He had held them scoreless through six and struck out six Giants. He allowed just three hits and did not issue a walk. Ryu moved his earned run average all the way down to 1.77 on an injury-shortened season.

Then came the bullpen. The biggest flaw in the Dodgers’ game had to enter at some point, and they did exactly what they have done for the past week and a half or so. JT Chargois tossed a scoreless inning, but Caleb Ferguson got stung. He gave up a game-tying three-run shot to Andrew McCutchen, and the air left Dodger Stadium.

The good news is that every other member of the bullpen did their part, well into extra innings. Erik Goeddel pitched 1.1 innings of perfect ball. Scott Alexander got himself into a bit of trouble in the tenth, but worked out of it unscathed. And Pedro Baez tossed two perfect innings of work to earn the win.

The Walkoff

Then came Dozier’s time to shine. Yasmani Grandal led off the 12th with a double, and moved to third on a base hit by Max Muncy. Dozier then hit a long sacrifice fly to center, and the Dodgers faithful got to drive home in a good mood.

Looking Ahead

The Dodgers have a day off on Thursday before heading to Seattle for a weekend series. It’s been a rough week Dodgers Nation, but things are looking up.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. The difference so ofter btween a win and a loss is a flky ball and nota K with ine out and a runner on third as we saw last night. Great sarting otching agai and stillalmost wated by the failure to get hits at the right time. Is Taylor the new Forsythe?

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