Kiké Hernandez wears his banana suit in the dugout during the Dodgers’ 5-4, 14-innings victory on Monday night. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
Kiké Hernandez was a conspicuous presence in the corner of the Dodgers’ dugout, wearing his bright yellow “Rally Banana” jacket during their 14th-inning rally against the San Francisco Giants. The 24-year-old utilityman was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game with a Grade 1 hamstring, so he intentionally went inside the clubhouse in the ninth inning, in case the Dodgers happened to win in their final plate appearance. “I came in here to like contain myself,” he said, thinking that he might further injure his hamstring celebrating on the field.
According to Hernandez, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman spotted him in the 12th inning wearing the banana suit. Hernandez said “Andrew saw me and said, ‘you’ve got to go down there.’ I said, I’ll get fined. He said, ‘I’ll pay your fine.’
“Gotta do what the boss says.”
Winning pitcher Chris Hatcher hugs Adrian Gonzalez after Gonzalez’s bases-loaded single in the 14th inning lifted the Dodgers to a 5-4 win. (Associated Press photo)
Home runs by Adrian Gonzalez (watch) and Andre Ethier (watch) put the Dodgers ahead 4-3 in the sixth inning, but a possible missed balk call sent the game into extras tied 4-4. The Dodgers won 5-4 in the 14th inning on a bases-loaded single by Gonzalez. Winning pitcher Chris Hatcher called it “probably our biggest win of the season.”
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
The Dodgers lead the National League West by 4 ½ games. It’s their biggest lead since July 12 and not far from their season-high of 5 ½ games. Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw are lined up to start their next two.
Kiké Hernandez landed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. Afterward he said he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain that felt better compared to the previous day. He’s optimistic he can be activated once his time is up on Sept. 15.
Here’s what San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo did before throwing his second pitch to Dodgers hitter Jimmy Rollins in the ninth inning Monday. Watch Romo’s right knee:
If that knee moved, it’s a balk, and Jose Peraza should have been awarded home plate — the winning run in a 4-4 game.
(h/t Ryan Walton on Twitter)