By the time the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres reached the bottom of the 12th inning, the Dodgers were sending their eighth pitcher to the mound in Kevin Correia.
It was Correia’s first appearance out of the bullpen since joining the Dodgers, which is likely to be his role now that Hyun-Jin Ryu is on track to return and start Sunday. Facing his former team, Correia allowed a leadoff single to Alexi Amarista on the first pitch he threw.
Correia then retired Jake Goebbert before walking Yangervis Solarte and Abraham Almonte to load the bases with one out. Manager Don Mattingly took the field to talk with his infield and the conversation included Andre Ethier, who came jogging in from center field.
As Mattingly retreated to the dugout, the Dodgers deployed a five-man infield complete with four infielders lined at the edge of the grass on the right side. Ethier was closest to first base and to his right were Adrian Gonzalez, Dee Gordon and Miguel Rojas.
Justin Turner was the lone player on the left side as Seth Smith dug in for his at-bat. The strategy was a success as Smith hit as shot to Gordon, who threw home for a force out. The players returned to their usual positions, but it was to no avail as Yasmani Grandal hit a walk-off RBI single to right field.
Courtesy of CBS Sports’ Mike Axisa, is a photo of the Dodgers unusual shift: