Special things are happening in Los Angeles right now as the Dodgers won again on Tuesday against New York with their second walkoff in as many games. This time Mark Ellis came up with the big hit to end the game.
Zack Greinke started for the Dodgers, delivering another strong outing. He gave up five hits for two runs in seven innings, with no walks and seven strikeouts.
Greinke got stung by the long-ball though, giving up a solo homer to Lyle Overbay in the second inning. It was his tenth allowed this season, and seventh given up at home.
Alfonso Soriano scored the other Yankee run, doubling in the fourth and advancing to third base on a wild pitch from Greinke. Soriano then scored on an Overbay ground out.
The Dodgers gave Greinke two runs of support, starting in the first inning. Yasiel Puig hit a double to center field, advanced to third on a sacrifice fly to right, then scored on a single from Hanley Ramirez.
Their other run came off a huge home run by Juan Uribe that landed in the loge-level seats near the right field foul pole. From that point through the eighth inning, the Dodgers scored no runs despite getting six more hits.
The game came to an exciting close in the ninth as Andre Ethier reached base on a single. As Mark Ellis came up with two outs Ethier stole second, but looked like he was bound to be caught. It was an ugly sequence with a poor slide from Ethier and bad throw by Chris Stewart, but Ethier ended up safe at second.
Ellis then drove a hit to left-center allowing Ethier to score the winning run off a walkoff single. It is their second consecutive game to finish via walkoff separating them and Arizona by 3.5 games in the NL West.
The 2013 Dodgers are the first Dodger team to go 10-1 since the All Star Break, and their 27 wins in 33 games is the best 33-game stretch in Los Angeles Dodgers history. It is getting to the point where it is almost too good to be true, and all I can hope is that they can save some of this magic for September and October.
Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw takes on ex-Dodger Hiroki Kuroda in the finale of the two-game series with the Yankees.
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