The Dodgers were cruising with a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning. Tony Gonsolin had a no-hitter going into the 4th, but started to show fatigue in the 5th inning before giving up a 2 run home run in the 6th to Eduardo Escobar.
“I thought he was really good actually and deserved better. Gave us a chance to win the baseball game.” – Dave Roberts, SportsNetLA
The Dodgers were able to quickly respond with another run to make it 4-2, but Casey Sadler came into the game and gave up a 2 run home run to Josh Rojas for his first home run in his major league career. It looked like he was cruising, but according to Dave Roberts, the fastball was suppose to be away, but just didn’t and thus, the home run.
"An unconventional way to lose a baseball game but sometimes it goes that way."
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 31, 2019
In comes Yimi Garcia, who came into relieve Sadler and stop the bleeding in the 6th, but it was the 7th inning where the wheels fell off.
You would think that if you throw 19 pitches in your relief appearance and all 19 pitches are recorded as strikes, you’re doing a pretty good job, right?
Well, that wasn’t the case for Mr. Garcia.
Former Dodger Tim Locastro started off the bottom of the 8th inning by getting on base after a passed ball on strike 3 sailed to the back stop.
“That was a new, huh?” Locastro said. “I think that was the first time I had ever got on base with a strikeout. But you don’t really have time to feel sorry for yourself, you’ve got to get out there and get into scoring position and that’s what I was able to do.” – MLB
A stolen base and flare by Adam Jones to center moved Locastro to third, where his fast feet and crazy dance moves “spooked” Yimi enough to get him to balk.
Timmy got his free walk to home, which ultimately became the game winning run.