Dave Roberts: The best win of the season
By Cary Osborne
You did it again.
You played with our emotions.
After a seven-run top of the seventh inning by the Arizona Diamondbacks in which the Dodgers used five pitchers, Dodger Stadium had to be the angriest place in Los Angeles. It was a long, drawn-out, painful frame.
The Dodgers’ bottom of the seventh was medicinal. And it was sudden.
Joc Pederson’s 110 MPH two-run home run started a comeback that erased a 7-3 deficit and turned it into a 9-7 Dodger victory.
After Pederson’s two-run homer, Chase Utley tied the score when he popped a two-run homer into the Arizona bullpen. If the top of the seventh was quietly furious at Dodger Stadium, the bottom was joyously raucous after Utley’s homer — so loud that it lays the gauntlet down for Guns N’ Roses to match when they play Dodger Stadium on August 18 and 19.
Yasmani Grandal singled in Corey Seager, who followed Utley’s homer with a double, to give the Dodgers an 8-7 lead. Seager doubled in a run in the eighth inning — his 29th two-bagger of the season, which puts him one short of the Dodger rookie record set by Eric Karros in 1992.
What a roller coaster. What a win.
“Every win is a big one, but arguably that’s the best one of the year,” said Dave Roberts. “Yeah, we’re resilient.”
The Dodgers now trail the Giants for first place by one game in the National League West — the closest the Dodgers have been to first since May 15.
They have erased a four-run deficit three times this season — the prior one being June 28 against Pittsburgh.
The Dodgers now have 28 comeback wins this season.
“It was tough giving up those seven, but (the comeback) shows the fight we have,” Pederson said.
The bullpen let the game get away in the seventh after Kenta Maeda went 6 1/3 innings and left with the Dodgers leading 3-1. Maeda hadn’t surrendered a run and allowed just two baserunners going into the seventh.
But it was a bullpen rarity in July.
The Dodgers are 12-2 this month when a starter has left a game with a lead.
This time, the Dodger offense earned the save.