Lost amid the tension and frustration with Hanley Ramirez being hit in the ninth inning was Adrian Gonzalez’s subsequent at-bat.
With the game tied, A.J. Ellis led off the ninth with a double to deep center off St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. Miguel Rojas pinch-ran for Ellis, which required Drew Butera to replace Ramirez after taking the fastball on his left hand.
Adrian Gonzalez was on-deck when Ramirez was writhing in pain and discussed the immediate emotion that overcame him, via Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Your first emotion is to hit a home run and stand on home plate and do all of that stuff.”
Gonzalez then added he regathered himself and realized stepping in the batter’s box with a home run mentality can be detrimental:
The minute you try to hit a home run, you’re just going to get yourself out,” he said.
Gonzalez didn’t hit a home run, but his RBI single to right field gave the Dodgers the decided edge in the 4-3 win.
Although warnings had been issued after Clayton Kershaw hitting Matt Holliday in the fourth inning, Rosenthal hitting Ramirez was not deemed intentional, thus the closer was permitted to remain in the game.
Rosenthal not getting ejected was a positive, the Dodger first baseman joked after the win:
Thank God he didn’t throw him out because I was able to come up and get a hit against him.”
The single was Gonzalez’s lone hit on the night and was an uplifting moment for Gonzalez, who finished the game 1-for-5. With the base hit, Gonzalez finished the three-game series 3-for-12 with one RBI and three strikeouts as he continued to search for rhythm at the plate.
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