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LIVE BLOGGING WITH EDDIE RIVERA | Dodgers Waste Opportunities, Drop Opener to Cleveland Guardians 2-1

Published on Friday, June 17, 2022 | 11:04 pm
 

DODGER STADIUM—Leaving eleven runners stranded on base, the Los Angeles Dodgers successfully managed to drop the opening game of their three-game series against the Cleveland Guardians in ten innings, 2-1.
Wasting a gutty performance by Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers failed to deliver when it mattered, striking out or otherwise allowing numerous opportunities to slip away.

In the bottom of the tenth, Freddie Freeman struck out, but Muncy walked, followed by Smith grounding out. With runners on first and second with two down, Justin Turner went down swinging, taking the contest with him.

The fireworks after the game were really good.

Here’s how we blogged the game:

First pitch 7:10 p.m.
69 degrees.

FIRST INNING
Top

Myles (no relation) Straw is out at first in two pitches.

Amed Rosario doubles deep to left.

Jose Ramirez is at 0-2. 1-2. Rosario is dancing at second. Ramirez is at 2-2. His count be full. Gone.

Oscar Gonzales is at 2-1.3-1. He takes his base.

Josh Naylor is at 2-1. 2-2. Done.

Cleveland 0, Dodgers coming up.

Bottom

Trea Turner singles to left. Its a ten game hitting streak for him now.

Freddie Freeman is at 0-2. 2-2. He hits one right at Rosario for the out.

Will “The Other Smith” Smith flies out to center.

Max “Max” Muncy, the designated hitter tonight, is at 2-1. He flies way out to way out there.

Cleveland 0, Dodgers 0.

SECOND INNING
Top

Owen Miller also flies way out to way out there. 1-1

Andres Gimenez flies out to short. No relation.

Luke Maile gets gunned down at first by Kershaw.

Cleveland 0, Dodgers 0.

Bottom

Justin “Haircut” Turner rolls one to first with the expected results.

Cody Bellinger homers on a 3-1 pitch to the right center field bleachers.

Chris Taylor flies out, way out, to way out left.

Eddy (no relation) Alvarez hits it right where they are.

Dodgers 1, Cleveland 0.

THIRD INNING
Top

Steven Kwan is at 2-2. He wins a race to first against Freeman.

Straw is 3-0. His count is full. He singles, and Kwan is out at second.

Rosario hits into a double play. Once.

Dodgers 1. Cleveland 0.

Bottom

Lux grounds out.

Trea Turner doubles deep to right.

Freeman is Walking on Sunshine. (Thanks, Dieter!)

Will Smith flies out. Nobody moves, nobody gets hurt.

Muncy grounds out.

Dodgers 1, Cleveland 0.

FOURTH INNING
Top

Ramirez singles to third as he beats the throw from Turner.

Oscar Gonzales singles to right. Ramirez rents third.

Naylor is at 0-2. He flies out to left and Ramirez heads for home. Not literally.

Owen Miller is at 1-2. (The only people from Cleveland here tonight might be the Guardian players, and few of them are from Cleveland, I’m sure.) Miller is strickened out.

Gimenez is at 0-2. He moves Gonzales to second with a sharp base hit. Small casual chat show on the mound.

Maile is now at 0-2. Kershaw pitches the Dodgers out of more serious trouble.

Dodgers 1, Cleveland 1.

Bottom

Haircut Turner pops up to short center.

Bellinger pops up to right.

Taylor strikes way way out…

Dodgers 1, Cleveland 1.

FIFTH INNING
Top

Kwan flies out to Bellinger

Alvarez makes a highlight reel catch to rob Straw of a base hit.

Rosario’s dreams are thwarted at first. Not in a good way.

Dodgers 1, Cleveland 1.

SIXTH INNING
Top

Ramirez flies out.

Gonzales flies out.

Nailer is at 1–1. 2–1. 3–1. He totally walks.

Owen Miller, the designated one, is at 2-1. He flies out to end the inning.

Bottom

Muncy is at 3-1. He is walking on Sunshine.

Haircut flies out to right.

Bellinger gets aboard on an error, but Muncy is out at third.

Taylor pops out.

Dodgers 1, Cleveland 1.

SEVENTH INNING
Top

Gimenez goes down swinging.

Brusdar Graterol on the LA mound.

Maile is strickened out.

Kwan is strickened out.

Dodgers 1. Cleveland 1.

Bottom

Hanser Alberto singles.

Lux strikes all the way out.

Trea Turner singles to first.

Freeman hits into a double play.

Dodgers 1, Cleveland 1.

EIGHTH INNING
Top

Straw is at 2-1. Out at first or thereabouts.

Rosario is so out.

Giminez is way out at first.

Dodgers 1, Cleveland 1.

Bottom

Smith is at 1-2. He flies out to right.

Muncy is at 0-2. He flies out to the same right as the other right.

Haircut Turner flies out to three Guardians.

NINTH INNING
Top

Trevor Stephan is pitching for La Guardia.

Bellinger singles to left.

Taylor is at 1-0. Bellinger steals second. No charges filed. Taylor is at 1-2. 2-2. Down he goes.

Alberto gets aboard on a fielding error by Oscar Gonzales. Bellinger goes to third.

Chat show on the mound.

Gavin Lux (not the popular Latino Telenovela star) is at 1-0. 1-1. 2-1. 2-2. His count is full. He strikes out swinging, man…

Trea Turner is at 2-2. He flies out to right. We’re in extra innings.

Dodgers 1. Cleveland 1.

TENTH INNING
Top

Evan Phillips pitching for the Doyers.

Giminez singles on a hot grounder to Haircut.

Richie Palacios is at 1-1. He flies out to center, but Owen Miller, the designated second base runner, crosses home plate.

Kwan grounds out. Giminez heads to visit second. Kawn is at 3-1. Straw is totally walked. Runners at first and second.

Rosario is at 0-2. He is strickened out.

Guardians 2, Dodgers 1.

Bottom

Freeman is at 2-0. 2-1. 2-2. Well, that was embarrassing.

Chat show on the mound. Enyel De Los Santos pitching for The Clevelands.

Smith, 0 for 4, is at 0-1. 1-2. He grounds completely out.

Muncy is 1-0. 1-1. He is Walking on Sunshine. Runners on first and second.

Another chat show on the mound.

Turner strikes out, ending the Dodgers’ futility.

FINAL: Guardians 2, Dodgers 1.

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