Today, we call it the "getaway game." Back in the day, it was "the businessman's special," for the Baltimore Orioles it was a war of attrition.
Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run single off Chris Hatcher in the top of the 14th inning and the Baltimore Orioles survived to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 in a five and a half-hour marathon game on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
The Orioles outlasted the Dodgers in the 10th longest game in Dodger history, saving their final bullet for last as All-Star closer Zach Britton shut the door on the Dodgers in the bottom half of the 14th inning, winning the rubber match of the three-game series.
"We left 16 guys on base," said a frustrated Dave Roberts who was ejected from the game in the 14th inning. "We have to cash in on those opportunities. It was a tough one to lose."
Justin Turner started the Dodgers off on the right foot when he crushed a two-run homer to left field off Kevin Gausman in the first inning. Turner has turned his season around in the last month, batting .324 with nine home runs, eight doubles, and 27 runs-batted-in.
"I got a sinker down and in and just got enough of it," Turner said. "After that Gausman pitched me pretty tough."
The Dodgers were done in by the dangers of a day game in the top of the second. After a leadoff double by Mark Trumbo, Corey Seager lost a Ryan Flaherty pop up in the sun and the O's cashed in a run on the play.
Back-to-back leadoff singles by Adam Jones and Hyun Soo Kim tied the game in the top of third as Tuesday's hero, Manny Machado, grounded into a double-play that scored Jones from third.
All-Star Mark Trumbo carried the Orioles throughout the afternoon. The Orange County native hit his Major League-leading 25th and 26th home runs of the season as he went deep twice against Dodgers' pitching.
Trumbo tagged Bud Norris in the top of the fourth and sent a Casey Fien slider into the Dodgers' bullpen to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning. Trumbo surpassed the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant for sole possession of first place in the league lead for home runs.
"He's a good hitter. You make a mistake and he makes you pay and that's exactly what happened," Fien said of Trumbo. "I left a cutter up and he hit it out. He leads the Major Leagues in home runs. I should have been a little more careful."
Adrian Gonzalez continues to be an RBI machine as the veteran first baseman hit a two-run bloop single to briefly put the boys in blue ahead 4-3.
Former Oriole, Norris, got the no decision against his former team, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings of work.
"I had a great run with those guys a couple years ago and have a couple friendships over there. It's a great ballclub," Norris said of the Orioles. "The bullpen picked me up today, all around it was a good baseball game, we just came out on the wrong end."
Baltimore starter, Gausman also got the no-decision allowing four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts also in five innings.
Flamethrower, Dylan Bundy, recorded seven outs in 2 and 1/3 innings of relief for the Orioles, striking out all seven outs on 97 MPH fastballs. Bundy's seven punchouts were a career-high and the most by a reliever since Rick Reed did it against the Dodgers for the Mets on April 9, 1997.
Corey Seager hit a double off Bundy in the bottom of the seventh to extend his hitting-streak to 19 games. Seager took over sole possession of second place for the longest hitting streak by a rookie in franchise history. He is now one-game shy of Tommy Davis for the all-time record.
"Luck," joked Seager when asked the key to his hitting-streak. "I didn't expect to do it, it doesn't happen very often for a reason. I've been lucky to string this many together."
The Dodgers were down to just two relievers to start the 14th inning, Pedro Baez and Hatcher, who both had pitched less than 20 hours earlier. Hatcher unfortunately couldn't continue the scoreless streak as Schoop hit a two-out, two-run bloop single to center field that was ultimately the difference in the game.
"It's unfortunate. Our pitchers threw up zeros from the sixth on," Seager continued. "We missed the big hit, the big run, and a couple breaks going our way. Unfortunately, we couldn't get it done."
LA loaded the bases in the bottom half of the 14th, but Baltimore manager Buck Showalter made a move that was a stroke of genius.
Showalter instructed Britton to intentionally walk, Yasmani Grandal, to get to Hatcher who was forced to hit with no position players available for the boys in blue. Hatcher promptly hit a soft ground ball back to Britton to end the game.
"It was the right thing to do," Roberts said of Showalter's magnficent move. "You don't want to take a chance on a guy who can hit the guy on the ballpark. He made Chris Hatcher try and get a hit to beat them."
Britton is now a perfect 25-for-25 in save opportunities this season and has not allowed an earned run in his last 25 games (25.2 innings) since May 5.
Chase Utley finished 6-for-7 with two runs scored, and set a career-high with six hits in one game. Utley became the first Dodger to have six hits in a game since Shawn Green in 2002.
"I just found some open ground out there," Utley said of his career-high six hits. "We could have used a couple more big hits. It would have been much better to have a win."
Both teams combined for 36 strikeouts, a new Dodger Stadium record.
"If you feel a breeze, it's not coming from the ocean, it's coming from Dodger Stadium," joked Vin Scully.
Players of the Game:
Mark Trumbo: 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and three runs scored.
Justin Turner: Two-run home run.
Chase Utley: 6-for-7 with two runs scored.
Jonathan Schoop: Game-winning, two-run single.
1. The Bird that Flew the Coop: Did you know that Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is a former Baltimore Oriole? Turned was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2006, but traded to the Orioles in 2008. He made his Major League debut with the O's on Sept. 9, 2009. Turner hit a two-run home run on Wednesday.
2. The Modern Trumbo: Orioles' outfielder, Mark Trumbo, solidified his All-Star selection with his MLB-leading 25th and 26th home runs of the season. The Orange County native destroyed Dodgers pitching on Wednesday finishing 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double and three runs scored.
3. All-Star Worthy: Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Adam Liberatore is quietly having an All-Star season as the left-hander pitched another scoreless inning on Wednesday, tying John Candelaria for the franchise record for scoreless appearances at 23. Liberatore leads all of baseball with a 0.63 ERA among relievers and hasn't allowed a run in 18 consecutive innings.
4. Six-Shooter: Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley finished 6-for-7 with two runs scored, setting a career-high with six hits. Utley became the first Dodger to record six hits in a single game since Shawn Green went 6-for-6 with a double and four home runs in Milwaukee on May 23, 2002.
5. Swing and a Miss: The Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers combined for a Dodger Stadium record 36 strikeouts on Wednesday, surpassing the record set on August 3, 1996 when the Braves and Dodgers combined for 32 strikeouts in an 18-inning hame.
The previous record for strikeouts in a Dodger Stadium game (32) was set August 3, 1996. The Dodgers and Braves played 18 innings that day. — J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 6, 2016
Orioles (49-35): Baltimore gets a day off after getaway day when they host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Camden Yards on Friday.
Dodgers (48-39): LA will host the San Diego Padres in the final four-game series before the All-Star break. Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his return from nearly two years away from the Majors on Thursday at 7:10 PM PST.
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