Wednesday, July 31, 2013

#Dodgers Beat Yankees With Ninth Inning Walk-Off Single

The Dodgers are pure excitement right now.

At LAT, "Dodgers walk off with another win":

Before Andre Ethier touched home plate, his teammates were leaping out of the dugout. The fans at Dodger Stadium were leaping out of their seats.

October came early to Los Angeles and everyone wearing blue wanted to celebrate.

The latest magical moment in the Dodgers' remarkable midseason run came Tuesday, when Mark Ellis drove in Ethier with a ninth-inning bloop single to deliver a 3-2, walk-off victory over the New York Yankees.

BOX SCORE: Dodgers 3, Yankees 2

"These kind of games, we just feel like we're going to win right now," Manager Don Mattingly said.

The Dodgers have won 27 of their last 33 games. They have claimed five World Series titles in Los Angeles, but had never won as many games in any previous 33-game stretch since their move from Brooklyn in 1958.

The walk-off win the was the second in a row for the Dodgers, who beat the Cincinnati Reds two days earlier on an 11th-inning home run by Yasiel Puig. They increased their lead over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West to 31/2 games.

"We're just finding a way to get a big hit, something we weren't doing earlier in the season," Ellis said.

He neglected to mention steals. Ethier stole one base in the first three months of the season. But with two out in the ninth inning and Ellis at the plate, he stole second base.

That set up Ellis' hit off Shawn Kelley, which floated over the head of leaping shortstop Derek Jeter.

"We're not even blowing teams out, just not making mistakes and never giving up as a team," starting pitcher Zack Greinke said.
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