For the second straight night, second baseman Howie Kendrick provided the winning run for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
While he drove in all three of the runs on Tuesday night in a 3-1 victory, Kendrick provided just one hit and one RBI on Wednesday night. It just so happened that the one hit came with the game tied and Yasiel Puig on second base in the bottom of the ninth. The second baseman had his second walk-off hit of the season in the Dodgers fifth walk-off victory of the season.
Kendrick was 0-for-4 before he stepped to the plate with two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth. The Dodgers were in that position because closer Kenley Jansen gave up a leadoff solo home run in the top of the inning with the team up 6-5. Kendrick’s heroics helped the team sweep the Diamondbacks and push their winning streak against the NL West rivals to seven.
After the game, Kendrick was asked if he was looking to hit something to the right side. “It just worked out that way. That pitch ran up and in. I was just trying to look for something out over the plate,” the 31-year-old said.
Since returning to the starting lineup after missing a couple days due to a banged up knee, Kendrick has gone 6-for-13 with five RBIs in the sweep against the Diamondbacks.
When asked how big his hit was to close out the series was, Kendrick said,”I think the biggest goal is to win every series.”
“We try to get two out of three, if you get three out of three then that’s a huge plus. I think every team around the league looks at it like that,” Kendrick said.
The Dodgers enjoy their only day off of the month on Thursday before taking on another NL West rival, the San Diego Padres, Friday through Sunday.
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