Thompson’s liftoff gives Dodgers and Wood a walk-off win
By Cary Osborne
This was an agonizing one.
Alex Wood pitched so well.
A couple of more feet for Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez and they each would have had a home run.
And the Dodgers, with two runs through eight innings, were facing the possibility of an eighth loss in their last nine home games.
Then Trayce Thompson gave the Mets the agony of defeat with a pinch-hit, walk-off home run in the bottom the ninth inning for a 3-2 Dodger win.
The home run was Thompson’s third this month, tying Joc Pederson for the Dodger lead in May. It was also the Dodgers’ first walk-off win since August 31, when they beat the Giants 5-4 with a walk-off single by Adrian Gonzalez in the 14th inning.
Wood went pitch for pitch with Jacob deGrom and allowed four hits, two walks and one earned run, while striking out nine.
Since April 24, Wood has struck out 30 batters in 23 1/3 innings. Since April 24, that 11.57 SO/9 is seventh best in baseball behind:
- Clayton Kershaw: 13.30
- Jose Fernandez: 13.00
- Nick Tropeano: 12.64
- Stephen Strasburg: 12.18
- Jose Berrios: 11.93
- Madison Bumgarner: 11.70
Wood now has a 1.78 career ERA at Dodger Stadium. In three starts at Dodger Stadium this year, he has allowed three earned in 20 1/3 innings (1.33 ERA).