Wednesday’s afternoon game at Dodger Stadium figured to be a nice getaway day for the Washington Nationals and serve as an early start for the Los Angeles Dodgers day off Thursday. However, the teams played 14 innings and over five hours of baseball.
The first six innings were scoreless as neither starting pitcher allowed the opposition to get much going. The game turned into both a marathon and a sprint as both teams had many opportunities to win the game.
With the Dodgers trailing and down to their final out in the 12th inning, Carl Crawford, who played the entire game, hit a game-tying two-run home run. Crawford discussed the ebbs and flows the game had and said he believed the Dodgers had the game in hand, via Helene Elliot of LA Times:
It was a roller coaster ride. Ups and downs…I thought we had it. I think we had, like, three chances to win it. We just didn’t come through.”
The opportunities Crawford mentioned was the Dodgers twice loading the bases in extra innings with one out only to came away empty each time. Tim Federowicz, who started and played into the eighth inning before being removed as part of a double switch, shared his optimism the Dodgers would win games of Wednesday’s nature moving forward:
I’ve been in long games, yeah, but back and forth like that, I really haven’t seen anything like that. We win some of these, we lose some of these. I think we’ll win the majority of these towards the end of the season.”
Justin Turner broke the seal on scoring with his home run that gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning. While his home run and Crawford’s were eventually washed away, he was pleased to see his teammate hit an opposite field home run:
We try to take good at-bats and get on base and make things happen. That was really good, to see Carl drive a ball to left-center like that. He’s been doing it a lot lately in batting practice and to see him drive one to left-center was awesome.”
After an off-day Thursday, the Dodgers begin a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday. The two teams met last week in Arizona for a quick two-game series that the Dodgers swept.
They enter Friday with a two-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West standings.
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