The final game of the Dodgers-Braves series delivered on the drama. The rubber match, which was broadcasted on ESPN on Sunday Night Baseball, was an extra-innings thriller.
For much of the game, the Dodgers appeared to be dead in the water. Braves starter Spencer Strider or “Quadzilla” as he’s known to some, threw six scoreless innings. The Braves scrapped together a 2-0 lead and had the Dodgers down to their final strike.
With Kenley Jansen on the mound, recently acquired outfielder Trayce Thompson stepped into the box with two outs and runners on the corners. Down to his last strike, Trayce made contact with a 96 MPH Jansen cutter that he thought was a foul ball. But it was in fact, a game-tying single to right field off the glove of first baseman Matt Olson.
After the game, Thompson explained his initial reaction to making contact with the ball and what tipped him off that it was fair (quotes via OCR’s Bill Plunkett).
“No clue. I thought I fouled it off. Then I kind of picked up Kenley and he was looking in the direction of the ball.”
The Dodgers went on to score one run in the tenth and two in the eleventh to secure a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Braves to win the series.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was impressed with Thompson’s perseverance to put a ball in play.
“He kept competing and wasn’t going to be denied as far as putting the ball in play. We got a break and scored a couple of runs against a guy that really dominated us the night before.”
Thompson is back in the starting lineup for their Monday matchup in Colorado.
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