The Los Angeles Dodgers concluded their Opening Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on a strong note, rallying back from a 7-5 deficit in the late innings to secure an 8-7 victory at Dodger Stadium.
A.J. Pollock propelled the comeback, delivering a game-tying, two-run double in the eighth inning off Diamondbacks relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano.
Heads-up baserunning allowed the 31-year-old to take third base on Adam Jones’ error, which proved vital, as Max Muncy ultimately drove Pollock home with a sacrifice fly to give the Dodgers a lead they would never relinquish.
Pollock had envisioned that scenario playing out beforehand, which led to his aggressive decision to take the extra base, via Rowan Kavner of Dodger Insider:
“It’s just a decision you’ve got to make really quick,” Pollock said. “It was kind of worth it to stretch that and give us a chance to get that sac fly.”
By scoring the go-ahead run, Pollock enabled the Dodgers to hand the ball off to closer Kenley Jansen, who recorded his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The longtime Diamondbacks outfielder enjoyed a terrific showing against his former club, batting .412/.500/.706 with two doubles, one home run and six RBI over 20 plate appearances in the four-game series.