The bottom of the ninth inning began tied at three when Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second on a sacrifice. With first base open, James Loney was intentionally walked, setting up Ellis to send the Dodgers faithful home on a Saturday night.
Ellis crushed the ball into the left-field bleachers to give the Dodgers a 6-3 lead and an MLB-best 31st win of the season. The hit was Ellis' only hit of the game but it could not have come at a better time.
James Loney also had a good game on Saturday, collecting three hits, a walk and scoring twice.
The Dodgers are an incredible 20-5 at home this season and appear to be cruising in the NL West. They have a season-high 7.5 game lead in the division—which is the largest lead in any division—and have won 11 of their last 15 games overall.
The Dodgers are clearly a force that cannot be stopped at this point, and when Kemp comes back they will be even more dangerous.
It is amazing the difference a year makes in the case of the Dodgers.
Last season, the Dodgers were 21-25 through their first 46 games. Compare that to this season and their unbelievable 31-15 record. They also had only won 11 of their first 25 games at home compared to 20 this season.
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