Through their first eight games of the 2015 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have made a bad habit of falling behind early, more times than not in the first inning. However, they’ve also managed to come from behind on several occasions.
The Seattle Mariners let their presence in Los Angeles be known with a four-home run game Monday night against Brandon McCarthy. They held 2-0, 4-0 and 5-3 leads in the game, only to lose on an Alex Guerrero walk-off single in the 10th inning, the first of his young career.
The Dodgers again fell behind the Mariners in the first inning on Tuesday as Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz both hit home runs. Both teams then traded runs over the next five innings with the Dodgers never pulling closer than within two runs of the Mariners.
Neither team scored in the seventh and eighth innings, which set the stage for another Dodgers’ walk-off win. Mariners closer Fernando Rodney quickly found himself in trouble as Justin Turner hit a leadoff single and Jimmy Rollins followed with a base hit that put runners on the corners with no outs.
Turner was then caught in a rundown on a Carl Crawford grounder to third base for the first out. Rodney walked Adrian Gonzalez to load the bases and Howie Kendrick delivered the Dodgers’ second straight walk-off win with a broken-bat single to right field that scored two runs.
The Dodgers were 2-54 in 2014 when trailing after six innings and have already matched that win total in such situations this season. As for Rodney, he’s blown saves in consecutive outings at Dodger Stadium with the first coming in August 2013 when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays.