Carlos Frias unlikely Wednesday afternoon pitching choice, hurls six innings of blanks
With the Giants closing in fast, Don Mattingly put the club in to the hands of a guy who might have been voted least likely to be pitching in the major leagues last March, but Carlos Frias was more than up to the task, hurling six shutout innings against the Nationals.
Kenley Jansen undid all the great work that Carlos Frias put into the give away game when he gave up three runs in the top of the 9th. Most of the damage came on a two run bomb by Adam LaRoche. KJ was saved the loss by a sun fly ball off the bat of Justin Turner as the Dodgers tied the game in the bottom of the 9th. Playing right field during day games has turned many right fielders into little leaguers so it was not surprising when Werth misplayed the deep fly by Turner. What was surprising was that Andre Ethier was actually on base when it happened so the Dodgers were able to tie the game. Turner had earlier blasted a two run home run to give the Dodgers a 2 – 0 lead entering the 9th. I guess it does not matter who is playing 3rd, Turner or Uribe, someone is going to hit a home run.
Joc Pederson struck out looking against Soriano once again in a key spot in the 9th inning to keep the game tied after regulation.
In a strange twist, it was Pedro Baez getting the last out in the 9th. You had a catcher turned pitcher, being replaced by a 3rd baseman turned pitcher. Baez stayed on for the 10th and retired the big three Werth / Desmond / Harper with the latter two coming on strike outs. It just might be Baez who starts to get more leveraged innings since the Dodgers came up empty in their pursuit of bullpen help.
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