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.”
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)
Despite off-days next Monday and Thursday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he will keep his starting pitchers in turn for the two-game series in Oakland next Tuesday and Wednesday.
That means Clayton Kershaw will take Tuesday’s start and Mat Latos will pitch Wednesday.
Looking ahead, the Dodgers will host the San Francisco Giants from Aug. 31 to September 2. Right now, if no pitcher skips his turn in the rotation, Kershaw and Zack Greinke will miss that series entirely.
“We haven’t set it yet,” Mattingly said of his rotation for the Giants series. “We’re just talking about it.”