The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson and Adrian Gonzalez celebrate Pederson’s home run in the seventh inning off Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Joc Pederson hit the game-winning home run and got lost in the moment. The Dodgers are getting contributions from everybody while the Giants are running out of healthy players, writes colleague Mark Whicker.
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
The Dodgers expanded their roster by five on September 1.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta received the pitching rubber at Dodger Stadium after his no-hitter here on Sunday. (Getty Images)
When Hideo Nomo no-hit the Colorado Rockies
at Coors Field in 1996, he received the baseball that he threw on the game’s final pitch. Mitch Poole, now the Dodgers’ clubhouse manager, painted the ball to suitably commemorate the occasion.
When Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, he received a much larger memento: the actual pitching rubber from the Dodger Stadium mound.
The gesture is beginning to border on tradition.
Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke has stuck to hitting ever since he made one pitching appearance in a Single-A game in 2008. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers pitcher Mat Latos was rested enough that he could’ve pitched Monday night. When the Dodgers beat the Giants 5-4 in the 14th inning, that no longer became a necessity.
Besides, Latos wouldn’t have pitched anyway. Manager Don Mattingly decided he’d rather save Latos for his next scheduled start in San Diego and use a former pitcher to mop up: Outfielder Scott Van Slyke.
“I would’ve liked to pitch,” Van Slyke said.