Wild Pitches Lead to Wild Push in the Desert
- The Dodgers and Diamondbacks were on track for a low-scoring result that would make under bettors smile.
- Once Arizona’s late-inning relievers got involved, however, all bets were off.
It looked like Thursday’s game between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks was going to play out similarly to their Wednesday night matchup, which the Dodgers won 2-1.
Arizona nursed a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning on Thursday, and if you had the under, which was seven, you were probably feeling pretty good. (Although Kenley Jansen’s form this year may have given you pause; I suppose you can never feel “great” about an under involving the Dodgers and a close game that may lead to a save situation for LA.)
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) May 3, 2018
As it turned out, however, it was the Diamondbacks‘ bullpen that toasted under bettors’ quest for glory. In the top of the eighth, Arizona relievers produced a symphony of blunders under the orchestration of moose-maestro Jorge de la Rosa (pictured above).
In all fairness, JDLR inherited a bases-loaded, no-out situation, which is never easy. But let’s be real: After a sacrifice fly tied the game at 2 and a balk with runners on first and second led to an intentional walk to load the bases, under bettors probably saw the writing on the wall.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 3, 2018
However, almost unimaginably, a base hit didn’t doom under bettors. No, no, a pair of wild pitches hurled by JLDR cost the D-Backs two runs — and a base hit by Kyle Farmer ultimately drove in the seventh run of the game. Of course, almost poetically, with the score 5-2, JLDR got Verdugo to roll a double play ball on the next at-bat to salvage the push for total bettors.
But, man, what an unfortunate ending. I took an L last year on the same type of thing in a game that also involved the Doyers. That time, it was Adam Ottavino’s handiwork. I still can’t hear the name without cringing.
Shake it off, under bettors.
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