The Dodgers were down to their final out tonight when Andre Ethier hit a sinking liner to center fielder Colby Rasmus. The ball skipped off the Toronto turf and rolled a ways, allowing Yasiel Puig to scamper home and tie the game at 3-3 off Blue Jays closer Casey Jannsen.
The Dodgers would score five more runs in the top of the 10th inning to win the game 8-3. The crowning moment in the game was when Puig got his on one to left field, his 9th of the season. Puig had three hits in the game and has his average back at a cool .376 for the year.
And this game is a microcosm of what’s been building for the Dodgers for quite a while now. Things are bouncing their way. It’s very easy to see that they’re going to stay hot and roll the entire second half and find a way into the playoffs – likely by winning the National League West. Remember when Don Mattingly was going to be fired? He doesn’t.
This team is for real, and they’re firing on all cylinders. When you have that, and you’re getting that certain degree of weird baseball luck in your favor; observers like me just start to get the feeling that it’s going to end up a special and dramatic year for a team. The Dodgers are going to be one of those teams.
The Dodgers have now won six games in a row to run their record to 53-47, holding a one game lead in the division.