Max Muncy's 10th inning walk-off homer lifts Dodgers over Jays
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Dodgers (2) Blue Jays (1) Final
Max Muncy hit a 10th inning walk-off homer to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. The 28-year-old pulled the baseball to left field and narrowly avoided the foul pole to fuel a triumphant ending.
The Dodgers (84-44) hit two home runs in the victory and scraped their way to a second consecutive victory over the visiting Jays. Will Smith took Zack Godley deep in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead before the score held stagnantly until the ninth.
Pedro Baez (7-2) picked up the win for L.A. after Kenley Jansen blew a save situation in the bottom of the ninth. He needed 21 pitches to retire four opposing batters in the tenth, recording one strikeout and one walk in the process.
Toronto (52-77) made a compelling comeback in the ninth as Rowdy Tellez sent a home-run 401 feet to knot the score at 1-apiece. It was the 24-year-old's 15th long ball of the season and his 41st RBI, increasing his batting average to .227 in 83 games played.
Wilmer Font delivered two innings of work to bridge the pitching gap between the next stretch option. His four strikeouts led the team ahead of five other Blue Jays' pitchers.
L.A. received seven shutout innings from Walker Buehler to begin the game before he exited with eight strikeouts and no walks issued. Despite a late-game blunder, the Dodgers' pitching staff held Toronto to just six total hits. Although, the Jays also mustered six hits on the night.
The three-game series will conclude on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, as the Blue Jays look to avoid being swept. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. EST.