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Game Recap: Dodgers Lose Longest Game In Stadium History, Move to 1-1

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: Manager Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on prior to a game against the Oakland Athletics e at Dodger Stadium on April 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

After a historic game that featured a Opening Day record-setting eight home runs for the club, the Dodgers ran Ross Stripling out to the mound to oppose Arizona southpaw Robbie Ray. The Dodgers played another historic game; the longest game in Dodger Stadium history.

The Dodgers set out with a different lineup this time around with Chris Taylor, David Freese, and Russell Martin all getting starts.

1st Inning:

Ross Stripling looked solid in his first inning of 2019, working his way out of a leadoff bunt single from Jarrod Dyson. Eduardo Escobar was able to move Dyson into scoring position with a swinging bunt but Stripling was able to retire David Peralta and Adam Jones to end the half-inning.

Robbie Ray matched Ross Stripling’s zero in the first, inducing an Enrique Hernandez popout, while striking out Justin Turner and David Freese.

No score.

2nd Inning:

Chicken Strip looked just as good in the second frame, retiring Jake Lamb on a strikeout, Ketel Marte on a flyout, and Nick Ahmed on a groundout.

The Dodgers struck first with, you guessed it, a home run. AJ Pollock’s solo shot came in just his second game in a Dodger uniform and handed the early 1-0 lead to LA. Robbie Ray was able to work around the leadoff homer to retire the following three hitters in order, capped by a Cody Bellinger punchout.

1-0, Dodgers.

3rd Inning

Another scorless inning for Stripling was accompanied by a Robbie Ray strikeout and a Jarrod Dyson walk after a slight lapse in control for Chicken Strip.

The Dodgers came back with two more runs, all set up by a complete lack of control from Robbie Ray. Russell Martin started things off with a walk and was moved into scoring position via Ross Stripling sac bunt. Enrique Hernandez followed up with a 4-pitch walk. Justin Turner struck out for the second out, but David Freese walked to load the bases. AJ Pollock, who opened the scoring with a solo homer back in the second inning, extended the lead to 3 with a 2-run double.

3-0, Dodgers.

4th Inning:

Another scoreless inning for Strip, as he got it done despite giving up a leadoff single to David Peralta and a one-out base hit to Jake Lamb. Ross Stripling struck out Ketel Marte for his third punchout.

The Dodgers were able to get two runners in scoring position due to a Cody Bellinger single against the shift and stolen base. Russell Martin walked and moved to second on a Ross Stripling sac bunt. Enrique Hernandez almost doubled the lead but ended up striking out instead. It was very, very close.

3-0, Dodgers.

5th Inning:

Ross Stripling was at it again in the fifth, adding another scoreless inning and strikeouts four and five of Robbie Ray and Jarrod Dyson respectively. He looked great and had only thrown 74 pitches through 5 innings.

Robbie Ray was able to strike out the side (Turner, Freese, and Seager) and work around an AJ Pollock walk to toss a scoreless frame. He came out of the game after throwing 102 pitches, allowing three earned runs on three hits and five walks while striking out nine. Outside of the AJ Pollock damage, the Dodgers went 1-for-14 (.071 AVG) against Ray.

3-0, Dodgers.

6th Inning:

Ross Stripling came into the game to get one out and gave way to Scott Alexander after tossing 76 pitches. Across his 5 1/3 scoreless frames of labor, he scattered three hits and a walk while striking out five. It was a fantastic outing and put the Dodgers’ starting rotation ERA at 0.79 for the first two games of the season. Scott Alexander was brought in to face fellow lefty David Peralta and punched him out on nine pitches. He then got Adam Jones to ground out to end the half-inning.

The D’Backs brought out Yoan Lopez for the sixth and the first batter he faced, Joc Pederson pinch-hitting for Chris Taylor, walked. Russell Martin went on to produce a fielder’s choice. Alex Verdugo, pinch-hitting for Scott Alexander, singled and moved Russell Martin to second base. In an effort to stay hot, Enrique Hernandez flew out lazily to left field for the third out of the inning.

3-0, Dodgers

7th Inning:

Pedro Baez came into pitch the 7th for the Dodgers. He started it off with a Jake Lamb punchout and got Ketel Marte to groundout after throwing a 3-0 changeup (!) for a strike. Nick Ahmed reached on a strikeout and Alex Avila walked. Joe Kelly entered the game to make his Dodger debut and it…did not go so well. The first batter he faced, Christian Walker, hit a three-run shot over the center field wall.

Yoshihisa Hirano came on to pitch for the D’Backs and promptly walked Justin Turner. David Freese struck out and while AJ Pollock was up, Turner was gunned trying to steal second. Pollock delivered a two-out double to stay burning hot and came around to score on a Corey Seager single to take back the lead. Joc Pederson bunted for a base hit but Cody Bellinger ended the inning with a groundout.

4-3, Dodgers

8th Inning:

Joe Kelly stayed in the game for the Dodgers and ended up giving up the lead…again. David Peralta started it off with a single and Adam Jones followed that with a double to put runners at second and third with one away. The Dodgers intentionally walked the red-hot Christian Walker to get to Ketel Marte who promptly tied the game with a fielder’s choice. Rough debut for Joe Kelly.

Archie Bradley came on to pitch the 8th for the D’Backs. Russell Martin started the inning off with a base hit and an Enrique Hernandez grounder moved him to second base. Justin Turner singled but David Freese grounded out to end the inning.

4-4, tied.

9th Inning:

Kenley Jansen came in to pitch the 9th inning in a tie game. His cutter sat 90-92 mph and overall, he looked pretty good. He retired the side in order and got Alex Avila to strike out.

The D’Backs brought in Andrew Chafin to pitch the ninth and face the hot-hitting AJ Pollock to lead things off. Pollock, of course, got a hit. He went 4-4 with a walk. Stud. Corey Seager drew a four-pitch walk to put runners at first and second with nobody out for Joc Pederson who absolutely drilled a liner into the glove of Jarrod Dyson in center field. Belli followed up by grounding into a double play. Free baseball incoming.

4-4, tied

10th Inning:

Caleb Ferguson came on in relief of Kenley Jansen to possibly provide some length in extras. He looked filthy. He struck out Eduardo Escobar and Adam Jones and was saved by a terrific catch by Joc Pederson on a liner off the bat of David Peralta.

Chafin came in for the 10th as well and struck out both Russell Martin and Max Muncy. Enrique Hernandez came up with a two-out line drive single to pull Andrew Chafin for Matt Andriese. A Matt Andriese wild pitch moved Hernandez to second base with Justin Turner who reached base by taking a pitch on the wrist. Austin Barnes, the final position plxcfayer on the bench for the Dodgers, batted for Caleb Ferguson. With Barnes at the plate, Matt Andriese hit the home plate umpire in the face with a wild pitch, moving up the runners. Austin Barnes drew a walk to load the bases for the hot hand, AJ Pollock. AJ Pollock sadly disappointed and grounded back to the box for the third out.

4-4, tied.

11th Inning:

Dylan Floro came on to pitch the 11th, making Caleb Ferguson’s outing less than expected. He got Jake Lamb to groundout. Ketel Marte flew out to left field. Nick Ahmed singled to left field with two outs. Alex Avila also singled with two outs. Dylan Floro got out of it with a strikeout of Matt Andriese. Floro got it done.

Corey Seager and Joc Pederson started the 11th inning off with groundouts and Cody Bellinger walked and was caught stealing (he was definitely safe) to end the inning.

4-4, tied.

12th Inning:

Floro continued on in the 12th and struck out Jarrod Dyson and got Eduardo Escobar to pop up for the second out. David Peralta followed up with a double but Adam Jones grounded out to end the inning.

Russell Martin led the 12th off with a walk, but Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez flew out to end any chance of a big run. Justin Turner walked, too, but Hyun-Jin Ryu was forced to pinch hit and he ended the inning.

4-4, tied.

13th Inning:

Yimi Garcia replaced Dylan Floro and simply lacked control. Garcia struck out Jake Lamb for the first out and Ketel Marte grounded out. With two outs in the 13th, Nick Ahmed walked and stole second base. Garcia then intentionally walked Alex Avila to get to the pitcher’s spot who wound up being backup catcher Carson Kelly. Kelly doubled to put the D’Backs up by one. Garcia, for some reason, was allowed to face more hitters and walked Jarrod Dyson on four pitches. He got out of the jam by striking out Eduardo Escobar.

Greg Holland came on for the save to protect a one-run lead and sat down AJ Pollock and Corey Seager on strikes. Joc Pederson ended the game with a flyout.

That was a sad ending, but shoutout to those of you who stayed up to watch it all! Personally, I was awake until 4:15am ET watching the game, all for the Dodgers to lose. The game lasted 6 hours and 5 minutes. The Dodgers move to 1-1 and will play the rubber match of the series tomorrow.

D’Backs Win, 5-4.

Results

W: Matt Andriese (1-0)

L: Yimi Garcia (0-1)

S: Greg Holland (1)

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics and Broadcast Journalism dual major at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. I hope Kelly has a great yr. I’m pulling for him. But when they signed him I was a little surprised. His era last yr was horrible except for the playoffs. I was hoping, and still am, that Honeycutt saw something he could improve upon. Broadcasters and analysts talk like the Dodgers now have a lockdown 8th inning guy! Why? Just because they say it doesn’t make it true. I hope for the next 4 yrs he is great, but I’m not jumping on thd bandwagon just becsuse he struck us out in the WS!

  2. It was a good game to watch……..but it also was a harbinger of things to come…….the Dodgers bullpen, once again is the soft underbelly of this team……Baez and Kelly coughing up the lead in the late innings was no surprise when it happened.

    • Bluz1st, hello there and to make this short to the point…waste not …want not. And Dodgers left tons of men on base. They had there numerous chances and like last year on many occasion failed to execute.

  3. It wasn’t the longest game in Dodger Stadium History… There have been plenty of longer games, for example; Game 3 of the World Series was 18 innings…

  4. Hi Daniel , I was born in Montebello and raised in O.C, was recently residing and working in Syracuse, would have been nice to have met a fellow Dodgers fan while there . I just moved back to West Haven , CT where I own a home . Keep up with Dodgers news !

  5. Roberts said he removed Stripling because he had not been built up enough. So whose fault is that Dave?

  6. Tonight is my first game of the year. I am really interested in some reviews of the new menu items. I’m doing the Dodger sausage.

    “Stadium exclusive: Al pastor seasoned sausage stuffed with pineapple chunks grilled to perfection topped with pineapple salsa and cilantro lime crema. ”

    How can you go wring with that?!

  7. here goes Dave Roberts again. I plan to track the games”Roberts loses” by pulling his starter too early& going to his circus of crappy .relievers”who can always be counted on to lose games(not Kenly or Baez most of the time). Good thing we had a substantial lead in Game 1, could have been a loss-5 runs given up late inniings by bullpen. Dodgers will NOT WIN the Division this year. ROBERTS “bullpen antics” continue for 3rd year in a row.How many pre-season games did LAD lose this .year,having leads going into 7th-9’th inning, only to /have Roberts CIRCUS BULLPEN LOSE? Roberts cost us the 2017 World Series,gave up in 2018 too easily.When is he going to wake up? Probably never.

  8. I’m trying Not to have a knee-jerk reaction to the defeat last night. My concern is what poster Daniel stated about Kelly’s ERA being horrible during the regular season but lights-out specifically against the Dodgers. I don’t recall if Boston even made an offer for Kelly and they didn’t even resign Kimbrel(their closer). Kelly hurt his back cooking cajun-food during the spring and I thought I read he struggled otherwise during the games he played. My other concern is the when the Dodgers face a LHP, players such as Pederson, Muncy et al, will they not start? Heck Pederson hit 2 hrs against Greinke(RHP). If I was opposing the Dodgers I would start LHP just so Pederson and Muncy don’t start if that is how the Dodgers will go. Make them(Dodgers) put their “B” team. Isn’t this what happened in 2018 and the playoffs last year?

    • The lying Jew Friedman conned the goy once again. He said they weren’t going to do this again and they already are

        • Hello BLU LOU! As far as last night s game as I said it was a waste not, want not situation again. IMHO I did fear that once a LHP was on the mound starting , that Roberts would revert to last year’s strategy, if ya can call it that.

    • Yes and that is why the Giants will throw LHP at Dodgers in all 3 of those upcoming games. Because all the baseball world KNOWS that Roberts will move guys in and out and in and out of the lineups because of the struggles normally seen with LHP.

  9. Does last night’s game appear to be similar to many of them last year? My answer is a big YES! Why, well among several factors, first and foremost is the changing of the lineup from the day before, going with that L-R-L-R once again Nothing against Martin or Taylor or Freese (to whom I would give more starts at 1st) but sitting of Barnes and Joc after their opening day performances…..

    • I cannot agree more, Azul!!!! Between the platooning and the less-than-mediocre support from some BP members, this is going to shape up as a long season. Go Blue!!

  10. I watched the last three innings of the game!!!! It ended at you all know at 4:15AM EST. My takeaway is this : our FO needs to really think about unloading Yimi, who had a dreadful inning last night that cost the Dodgers the game. In addition, Baez is continuing his less than stellar work, and Kelly was nothing to write home about. The Snakes closer, Holland I believe, was lights out. Go Blue!!!!

  11. From Hershisher & Joe Davis broadcast I heard they say Turner hit .450 in ST, which Nomar stated he hated(doing that well, so early) because he felt he was due for a slump. Turner’s slow start, 0-5 on Opening Day and last nights game, I hope there is nothing physically wrong with him. I know Turner was HBP last night. Ecstatic Seager is back playing meaningful games, Dodgers broadcast(via what Roberts told them) stated Seager will Not play in Sundays game.

      • PaulDodgerFan1965. According to espn.com site, go to Dodgers or Giants, click schedule, the Giants are scheduled to pitch Pomeranz, Bumgarner, Holland against the Dodgers.

        • Robin, now I do recall I read that from one of your posts yesterday. And this doesn’t surprise me that Andy and Roberts are continuing the trend of last year. It seems that those spread sheets and analytics are even bigger than they are themselves and will unfortunately be the norm again this year whether any of us like it o not.

          • PaulDodgerFan1965. The Dodgers will face 4(consecutive)-LHPs. Versus Giants – Pomeranz,Bumgarner,Holland, versus Rockies(next opponent after Giants) Tyler Anderson, then two RHPs, Gray, Bettis. Will Roberts sit Pederson(not start/lead-off) for 4-consecutive games? SMF if Pederson doesn’t start/or even get in the game because of LHP, he will forget how to hit.

  12. I am having confirmation bias on the pitching fiasco last night. There was NO reason to take Chicken Strip out until after the 6th OR a baserunner. You are messin with the BB gods when you take out a pitcher who is pitching well. IMO of course!

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