Dodgers take their time extending win streak

first_imgStarting pitchers Kenta Maeda and Jose Berrios combined to throw 108 pitches in the first three innings, putting the game on a four-hour pace that would later seem cheetah-like.It was the sixth inning when things came to a crashing halt.The Dodgers were leading 4-2 with one out and Joc Pederson at second base when Twins manager Paul Molitor came out to make a double-switch, pulling reliever Trevor Hildenberger in favor of Ryan Pressly while sending Ehire Adrianza out to play shortstop.An innocuous move on its face, Dave Roberts emerged from the Dodgers dugout, lineup card in hand to challenge it.A series of meetings ensued. Roberts met with the umpires. The umpires huddled around their lineup card. They met with Molitor. They went to the replay headset to consult with MLB headquarters in New York. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And so on.The excitement of watching people go over paper work quickly wore off and fans were left with one thing to be thankful for – the dispute delayed the cutoff of beer sales at the top of the seventh inning.When play resumed after what was officially an 18-minute delay (but seemed oh so much longer), Adrianza was in left field, replacing Eddie Rosario, and Jorge Polanco was back at shortstop after sitting for two pitches. The lineup card snafu was likely related to the Twins’ need to scratch Miguel Sano at the last minute before the game. Sano did appear as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.The whole thing was an odd distraction from the Dodgers playing out a familiar winning strategy – Maeda went five innings, Chris Taylor had another multi-hit game, Yasiel Puig joined him and the bullpen shut things down over the final four innings.The Dodgers took the lead with a four-run burst in the fourth inning against Berrios. Joc Pederson drove in one of the runs with a double. Puig did the same with one of his three singles and Taylor capped it with a two-run double.The most pleasant surprise of the Dodgers’ season, Taylor added another double (and another RBI) in the interminable sixth inning. In July, he is 34 for 76 (.447) with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs, 14 RBI, 14 runs scored and 12 multi-hit games.Perhaps lulled into a stupor by the game’s pace, the Twins didn’t have a hit after the fifth inning. Josh Ravin pitched three scoreless innings and threw the last of the 277 pitches in the game, closing it out.center_img LOS ANGELES >> Never have so many waited so long to watch Ehire Adrianza play baseball.With no heroics necessary – but a deep supply of patience required – the Dodgers extended their latest winning streak to four games with a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night in a game that did nothing to dissuade anyone from believing baseball has a problem with (to use Commissioner Rob Manfred’s phrase) pace and action.Over their past 50 games, the Dodgers have been on a pretty good pace, winning 39 times – a summer surge at least in the same neighborhood as their 42-8 stretch in 2013.When fans think back to this run, though, Tuesday night’s game will not be the one they remember fondly.last_img