The Dodgers were trailing by four runs in the bottom of the eighth. But after D-backs reliever Tony Pena loaded up the bases with two outs, you could sense something great was about to happen. I think even Vin Scully felt it.
Pena walked in a run to bring the Dodgers within three, then James Loney stepped up to the plate. Loney knocked his only hit of the night to the gap in the right center that scored three runs to tie the game. The home crowd erupted and I almost spilled by bowl of manicotti.
The next batter, Casey Blake, ripped a single up the middle that scored Loney and gave the Dodgers a one-run lead.
I couldn't believe what I just witnessed. It felt like a playoff game or something. I saw fans screaming, babies crying and teenagers texting the incredible news. And to make it seem like the victory was scripted, big Jonathan Broxton came in and closed out the game with 15 pitches.