Twenty Six come from behind game victories for the Dodgers so far in 2022, but none sweeter than the 7-6 win against St. Louis. They did not beat Waino and his Uncle Charley, but they did not lose to him either.
The Dodgers have now won 6 out of their last 7 wins (8 games) in come from behind fashion. They rebounded when down by 5 twice on Sunday and came back for the win. They nearly duplicated that on Tuesday. Wednesday was special.
On Wednesday the Dodgers were down by 6 after 6. The Cardinals scored 5 runs with 2 outs. But the Dodgers did them one better and scored 6 runs with 2 outs. The game winner came from Hanser Alberto with 2 outs in the 9th to drive in Cody Bellinger.
Count the heroes in the game. Freddie Freeman 3-3 with a BB and an HBP. Will Smith crushes a 2 run HR to get the Dodgers on the board in the 7th. Max Muncy walks 4 times and gets the game tying sac fly. Mookie Betts kept the line moving with a double to score Belli and put runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. Trea Turner singles to drive home both runs. The Dodgers were within 1 and this time they were not to be denied.
Next hero up…Justin Turner who doubles to open the 9th. Austin Barnes was sent in to pinch run for JT. Then the comedy. With a Cody Bellinger single, Barnsey was rounding 3rd to score, but slipped on the bag, fell down, and scrambled back to 3B, and caught a bunch of s*** from the dugout. After the game, Belli said (with tongue firmly in cheek and with a smile) that it was a great base running strategy because it allowed him to get to 2nd.
I felt all kinds of emotions during these 15 seconds pic.twitter.com/baXnIvCIlX
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) July 14, 2022
Max just missed a 3-run HR then came through with a sac fly, deep enough to move Belli to 3rd with 1 out. I think Trayce Thompson struck out so that Hanser could become the hero with a run scoring single. 😂 😂
As we witnessed the inevitable regression of Tony Gonsolin for one game, it is easy to lament the poor starting pitching over the last three games. Gonsolin has 93.2 IP which is more innings than Tony has pitched in the last two seasons combined (92.1). Is he hitting the proverbial mid-season wall, or did the Cardinals just find something? I saw a lot of middle middle pitches last night. Even the splitter was hanging.
I expect Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado to give pitchers fits. But Andrew Knitzer, Lars Nootbaar, Corey Dickerson? Regardless, he has had a remarkable start to the season. Now we have to continue to be supportive even with these stinkers of games. It will happen again, and maybe next time, the offense will not come all the way back. Clayton Kershaw has won the CY three times, and not one year did he go undefeated.
Another scenario could be that Tony was trying to be too perfect going into the AS Break, and it all unraveled against Goldschmidt and Arenado. Now he just needs to go out and pitch.
How many fans and pundits have asked the question as to where would the Dodgers be without Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson (and to a lesser degree, Mitch White and Ryan Pepiot). But last night it was the offense that picked up Tony. It is clear that Gonsolin was not about to pitch at the level he was pitching for the season. And there is no reason to believe that Gonsolin will fall off a cliff. But what will the drop-off be?
First Urias, then White, and now Gonsolin. The strength of this LAD team is their starting pitching. And the last three games have shown them to be mortal. And yet this never say die late inning offense kept the team in the game, winning two of the three.
I said it before, but this team reminds me so much of the 2017 team that also never believed they would be beat. It usually had a different hero just like this team. Last year the bench was horrid. This year, Trayce Thompson, Jake Lamb, and now Hanser Alberto have all come through in the clutch. It is not the bench that has been a problem for LAD, but a couple of regular position players. If those players play like they did tonight, this team will be back in the World Series as Doc promised.
Tony Gonsolin will enter next Tuesday’s All Star game at some point with an 11-0 record and a 2.02 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. His next game for the Dodgers will come against the Giants in a 4-game series at home following the All Star Game.
But first, the Dodgers need to win the series with the Cardinals and then beat the Orange County Angels twice. Tyler Anderson faces off against Dakota Hudson in the series finale.