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It’s not a fun time to be a Dodgers relief pitcher. The L.A. bullpen has been abysmal through the first three games of their NLDS series against the Cardinals. They gave up a game-winning three-run homer in Game 1, a game-tying two-run homer in Game 2, and a game-winning two-run homer in Game 3—all to a team that ranked 29th in MLB in home runs during the regular season.
However, while the Dodgers bullpen may not be able to get out of jams with their pitching, thanks to an amazing J.P. Howell double play last night, they did get out of one jam with their fielding.
The Cardinals were up 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth when second baseman Kolten Wong came to the plate with the bases loaded and just one out. Wong had just hit a two-run homer the previous inning to give the Redbirds the lead, and when he lined a J.P. Howell curveball right back at the mound, it looked like he was going to add to it. The chances of Howell fielding the ball cleanly were slim, and Wong is the Cardinals’ fastest runner.
However, Howell somehow came up with an insane between-the-legs stab on the grounder. The he threw home to start the mathematically pleasing 1-2-3 double play.
Have a look:
The Dodgers still lost the game, of course, but this remarkable J.P. Howell double play at least kept it close until the end.
Well done, Red Beard.