The Dodgers added Red Patterson to their roster Thursday morning so he could make his major league debut against the Minnesota Twins. By the end of the day, Patterson might have been eligible to start drawing his pension. Tuesday’s rainout in Minnesota created a night-day-night tripleheader of sorts. The Dodgers and Twins played 30 innings over approximately 28 hours Wednesday and Thursday with the Dodgers sweeping the compacted series. The final two wins came Thursday – 9-4 in the first game of the doubleheader and 4-3 in a nightcap that itself took 12 innings and more than five hours to conclude. The doubleheader sweep was the Dodgers’ first since April 28, 2002, over the Chicago Cubs. The extra-inning game was their major league-leading seventh – but only their second win in those games. “It was nice to win one of these,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after the nightcap. “We’ve had a few of these where you pretty much use everybody and then you don’t get a win. And you know the next day you’re going to be in a bit of a jam.” It might have been nice – but it wasn’t easy. For one thing, the Dodgers had to overcome five errors in the two games, running their total to a major league-high 31 in 29 games. “At this point, it’s like – don’t rain on my parade. We just won two games,” a weary Mattingly said afterward. “We’ve got a lot of things to work on, no question about that.” The offense made up for the defense in the first game, putting up season highs in runs (nine) and hits (15). Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe each had four hits with Puig stringing together a stretch of nine consecutive plate appearances in which he reached base during this series. But the Dodgers’ best friend in the day game might have been baseball’s new replay review system. “That fifth inning was close to falling apart,” Dodgers starter Dan Haren said. “I’d be lying to you if I told you I didn’t catch a break there.” The first four Twins reached base in the fifth and Brian Dozier's two-run single made it 5-4. With runners at first and second and no outs, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez gloved a soft liner from Trevor Plouffe and flipped the ball to Dee Gordon at second base, looking for a double play.
Dodgers earn first doubleheader sweep in 12 years
Orange County Register | May 2