Want to defeat the Dodgers? Let them load the bases

Adam LaRoche after a 2-run home in the 9th Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Adam LaRoche after a 2-run homer in the 9th
Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Adam LaRoche entered the game against the Dodgers yesterday in the 9th inning, but by the time the 14-inning marathon ended, he had driven in five runs for the Washington Nationals, as they outlasted LA, 8-5. The Nationals dropped their magic number, with 24 games remaining, to 17.

Both teams had numerous chances to win this game with the Dodgers holding a 2-0 lead entering the top of the 9th, the Nationals holding a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the 9th, each team scoring two runs in the 12th, before the Nats scored three times in the top of the 14th.

But that doesn’t include Dodgers scoring opportunities with the bases loaded.

The Dodgers yesterday with the bases filled
G PA AB H BB K Grnd# Fly# Pop# Line# RBI
Juan Uribe (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Drew Butera (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Dee Gordon (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

The Dodgers are the worst team in baseball when there are three on base

2014 teams with the sacks filled
G PA H XBH HR BB K RBI AVG OBP SLUG OPS
1. San Diego Padres 56 107 33 6 2 4 25 73 .347 .355 .474 .829
2. Texas Rangers 49 87 24 12 2 9 13 73 .338 .384 .592 .975
3. Cincinnati Reds 56 93 28 11 5 3 18 73 .337 .344 .602 .946
4. Washington Nationals 62 117 34 9 2 7 23 89 .337 .359 .475 .834
5. Cleveland Indians 62 116 32 12 1 8 21 85 .330 .362 .495 .857
6. Houston Astros 52 106 29 11 5 6 22 76 .315 .330 .554 .885
7. Minnesota Twins 69 149 37 12 1 15 26 103 .303 .356 .426 .782
8. Detroit Tigers 62 135 33 9 3 12 30 91 .303 .333 .450 .783
9. Boston Red Sox 66 126 32 10 4 6 25 86 .302 .317 .472 .789
10. New York Yankees 59 125 30 9 2 8 19 82 .291 .312 .427 .739
11. Oakland Athletics 66 139 34 12 5 10 25 108 .291 .331 .496 .827
12. Seattle Mariners 55 86 22 11 0 2 16 61 .286 .291 .455 .745
13. Baltimore Orioles 57 124 30 12 6 7 34 85 .286 .298 .514 .813
14. Atlanta Braves 61 116 29 12 2 9 29 75 .279 .328 .442 .770
15. St. Louis Cardinals 61 122 30 6 1 7 18 76 .278 .328 .352 .680
16. Milwaukee Brewers 56 98 25 11 4 1 23 69 .275 .296 .484 .779
17. Philadelphia Phillies 65 129 31 11 4 7 32 85 .272 .302 .447 .750
18. Colorado Rockies 53 105 24 8 3 3 15 68 .270 .267 .427 .694
19. Chicago White Sox 60 108 23 9 4 7 20 76 .253 .306 .462 .767
20. Toronto Blue Jays 63 114 25 4 2 6 13 67 .253 .281 .333 .614
21. Kansas City Royals 47 99 21 10 3 7 19 72 .247 .293 .435 .728
22. San Francisco Giants 60 124 27 8 4 5 25 74 .245 .258 .391 .649
23. Tampa Bay Rays 69 137 26 6 1 8 25 87 .239 .255 .312 .567
24. Arizona Diamondbacks 51 93 20 5 3 2 20 55 .233 .237 .360 .597
25. Pittsburgh Pirates 66 134 25 7 1 12 29 80 .231 .291 .324 .615
26. Miami Marlins 66 143 27 8 3 12 39 80 .218 .273 .331 .603
27. Chicago Cubs 50 96 16 5 1 9 22 59 .211 .281 .316 .597
28. Los Angeles Angels 62 125 21 4 1 15 26 70 .206 .296 .265 .561
29. New York Mets 68 125 21 4 3 7 27 63 .194 .224 .287 .511
30. Los Angeles Dodgers 62 109 17 3 0 2 27 48 .172 .193 .212 .405

The Dodgers this season with the bases filled
G PA AB H XBH HR BB K RBI AVG
1. Darwin Barney (LAD) 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1.000
2. Dan Haren (LAD) 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 1.000
3. Miguel Rojas (LAD) 4 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 4 .333
4. Justin Turner (LAD) 3 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 .333
5. Juan Uribe (LAD) 9 9 9 3 0 0 0 3 4 .333
6. Andre Ethier (LAD) 9 9 9 3 1 0 0 1 8 .333
7. Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) 14 14 12 4 0 0 0 3 9 .333
8. Carl Crawford (LAD) 5 5 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 .200
9. Hanley Ramirez (LAD) 13 13 12 2 0 0 1 1 5 .167
10. Zack Greinke (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
11. Yasiel Puig (LAD) 8 8 7 0 0 0 1 3 1 .000
12. Tim Federowicz (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
13. Scott Van Slyke (LAD) 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
14. Roberto Hernandez (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
15. Mike Baxter (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
16. Matt Kemp (LAD) 9 9 9 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000
17. Josh Beckett (LAD) 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
18. Hyun-jin Ryu (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
19. Drew Butera (LAD) 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
20. Dee Gordon (LAD) 12 12 10 0 0 0 0 3 3 .000
21. Clint Robinson (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
22. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
23. Carlos Triunfel (LAD) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
24. A.J. Ellis (LAD) 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000

A lot of players made appearances in this game

  • The game lasted 5:34, the longest game in Nationals history (since they moved to DC).
  • The teams combined to use 51 players.
  • There were 29 Dodgers and Nationals who had at least one PA.
  • There were 18 Dodgers and Nationals who pitched to at least one batter and threw 467 pitches.

But…

Vin Scully called every pitch, every PA, every play, by himself…and he was brilliant.