Amid the ongoing wait for the 2020 Major League Baseball season being delayed, MLB.TV made every game from 2018 and 2019 available to stream for free. With that, DodgerBlue.com ranked the best Los Angeles Dodgers games from those two years.
The list continues with our No. 3 game from the 2019 season, when the Dodgers mounted a magical rally and earned a walk-off win against the New York Mets.
In the classic movie Back to the Future II, one of the more enjoyable subplots is the idea that Michael J. Fox’s character wants to go back in time in order to bet on sports. If ever there was a night to travel back in time and bet on sports, it may have been May 29, 2019.
On the mound for the Dodgers and Mets were two of the very best in all of baseball: Walker Buehler and Noah Syndergaard. As a result, there was a modest over/under of 7.5 — with everyone in their right minds expecting a pitchers’ duel until the bullpens could get involved.
Little did they know that this game would feature 17 runs. But that wasn’t the only betting opportunity on this night — that would come a little bit later.
Before the Dodgers could blink, they found themselves down 2-0 thanks to an absolute laser from Pete Alonso that went into the right-field pavilion. That lead would be extended to three in the second inning before the Dodgers could finally dent the scoreboard.
Their scoring came thanks to three consecutive doubles from Corey Seager, Matt Beaty and Alex Verdugo — making it a 3-2 game in the second. L.A. tied the game in the very next inning on an RBI single from Justin Turner. It wasn’t easy; Max Muncy scored just ahead of the tag.
But Alonso was having none of it. In the top of the fifth he roped his second two-run homer of the night into the left-field seats this time. That would just about end Buehler’s night, as he finished with a line of five innings pitched, seven hits, five earned runs, one walk and six strikeouts.
Unfortunately, the bullpen wasn’t much of an upgrade. Pedro Baez gave up two hits and a run in the sixth, before Dodgers manager Dave Roberts turned to Julio Urias in the seventh inning. The first pitch Urias threw was sent out by Ahmed Rosario, only to be matched by Dominic Smith in the very next at-bat.
All of a sudden, the Dodgers went from tied to trailing 8-3 in a hurry.
They would claw their way back, though, with another RBI single from Turner before a Seager solo bomb cut the deficit to 8-5 in the eighth.
But then came the bottom of the ninth — where the Dodgers were just three outs away from suffering a loss. At one point, you could have gotten the Dodgers at +650 to win this game — meaning for every hundred dollars you bet, you’d be getting $650. If only we knew the future…
With Edwin Diaz on the mound, the Dodgers didn’t waste any time stating their intentions. Joc Pederson led off the inning with a sweet-swinging home run before Muncy went back-to-back by keeping one just inside the foul pole.
Still with no outs, Turner and Cody Bellinger laced back-to-back doubles that left the game tied and the Mets in desperate trouble. After Seager was intentionally walked, Matt Beaty notched an infield single to load the bases with nobody out.
Next up was Alex Verdugo — a youngster who had no fear when it came to the big moments. After digging himself into an 0-2 hole, Verdugo worked the count to 2-2 before lifting a ball plenty deep enough into left field to score Bellinger easily, giving the Dodgers a 9-8 walk-off win.
In total, the game featured 17 runs, 28 hits, seven walks and 344 pitches before the Dodgers walked it off for their 37th win of the season.
Best Dodgers games of 2019
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