Dodgers stun Pirates on Ethier’s homer in 13th
Ethier hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning – his major league-leading sixth walkoff hit of the season – giving the Los Angeles
“You pinch yourself,” he said. “If there’s a heartbeat left, we can come back and try to win it. I was just looking for a good pitch to hit and put a good swing on something.”
Four of Ethier’s game-ending hits have been home runs, the latest gave the
“As Yogi would say, ‘It’s deja vu all over again,”‘
Ethier sent the first pitch from
“I went with a two-seamer in, and I went and looked at the video and it was just above the knees and a little bit off the plate,” Dumatrait said. “I made my pitch and he just kind of dropped the head of the bat on it and put a good swing on it, and unfortunately it went out of the park. It’s frustrating. He just beat me on that one pitch.”
“It was a great game,”
Los Angeles tied the game 3-3 in the ninth on
“If I get that last pitch down to Kemp, he swings over it and it’s a ground ball. But I missed up in the zone and you can’t afford to do that,” Capps said. “We should have won that game in the ninth. The guys played hard and busted their butts all night to put us in that situation, and it didn’t work out.”
Ethier started the rally with a one-out double to right.
“They never quit,” Torre said. “This has been a team effort all year and we have 16 left. Hopefully it just stays this way all the way to the end.”
Duke allowed two runs and four hits in 7 1-3 innings, tied his season high with seven strikeouts and walked none. The All-Star left-hander had allowed a total of 13 runs in the first inning of his last three starts, but he retired the first 10 batters to start the game.
Los Angeles starter
Ethier is the first Dodger with a 30-homer season since