The Dodgers did not win on a walk-off home run by Carlos Marmol in his first at-bat in five years. But they almost did and that was as deliciously devilish as the way they actually did earn the latest of their daily victories. That would be Yasiel Puig Living Legend. Puig made a breathtaking throw then topped himself by willing a double to start the 12th inning. Adrian Gonzalez doubled him home with the winning run lifting the Dodgers to their eighth consecutive victory this one 5-4 over the New York Mets. The Dodgers erased a 4-0 deficit tied the score on a pinch-hit home run by Andre Ethier in the ninth inning won the game in the 12th. No deficit too big no game too late. “I can’t explain it” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said “but it’s kind of fun.” The Dodgers are 13-1 in August 23-3 since the All-Star break and 40-8 in their last 48 games –- the greatest such stretch in Major League Baseball since the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals. Puig who had been hitless in his first five at-bats led off the 12th inning with what appeared to be a routine ground ball single up the middle. But the ball was hit slowly and Puig did not hesitate in rounding first and heading to second. The throw from center fielder Juan Lagares was off line and Puig popped up from his slide and thrust his arms toward the sky. “There is nothing impossible in this game” Puig said through an interpreter. Gonzalez then singled home Puig with a hit down the left-field line and the Dodgers raced onto the field in celebration of their latest victory. Gonzalez headed to an on-field interview but he could not finish it before Puig and Hanley Ramirez doused him in Gatorade. The Dodgers’ bullpen put up seven scoreless innings the unlikeliest two by Marmol. Marmol was chased out of Chicago and the Cubs insisted the Dodgers take him if they wanted some international cap space too. Marmol gave up three runs in his first game with the Dodgers and one in his second but since then he has delivered six consecutive scoreless appearances. He walked off the mound Wednesday to a standing ovation something that a Cubs fan would consider as unlikely as his team winning the World Series.
Dodgers refuse to lose, rallying to beat Mets 5-4 in 12th inning
Los Angeles Times | Aug 15