Dodgers get by Yankees in extra-inning thriller

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The Dodgers get a gutsy win at Yankee Stadium by shutting down potent Yankees and coming up clutch in extra innings on Friday night.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto had the best outing of his young major league career and Teoscar Hernandez played hero in the 11th inning as the Dodgers edged the Yankees, 2-1, in a the opener of a highly anticipated series Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Yamamoto was dominant, throwing seven innings and allowing two hits with seven strikeouts. His fastball reached the highest velocity of the season on multiple pitches and he mowed down one of the best lineups in baseball.

Yankees starter Cody Poteet handcuffed the Dodgers (40-25) that did reach and keeping the stars cold. The Dodgers were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.

Teoscar Hernandez lined a two-run double to left-center field in the 11th inning and scored Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman, giving the Dodgers the lead.

Here are the takeaways:

Yamamoto dominates

This game is why the Dodgers signed Yamamoto. In 106 pitches, he carved the Yankees, who ranked in the top five in many offensive categories entering the series.

The Yankees were hitless in their last 15 at-bats against Yamamoto. He has a 2.41 ERA in his last 12 starts and is looking better with command and velocity in each of those outings. 

Hernandez plays hero

Hernandez had been struggling the last three weeks, but in the past few games, has turned it on. He is hitting .256 in his last 10 games, but the biggest hit of the stretch was in extra innings Friday. 

Yamamoto and Hernandez are the two guys that the Dodgers brought in to up their clutch factor came up, well, clutch. Teoscar will never be a guy that hits over .300, but his poise and power presence in the middle of the order is exactly why the Dodgers paid him a one-year deal for $23.5 million.

Dodgers bullpen shines

Anthony Banda, Blake Treinen, Daniel Hudson, Michael Grove and Yohan Ramirez have not allowed a earned run since May 25. On Friday night, they followed Yamamoto’s dazzling performance with one of their own. 

It is hard to face the Yankees, even without Juan Soto, but that group of five got out of plenty of tough spots. Ramirez in particular shut down the 11th inning, facing the heart of the Yankees’ order and getting an important save. 

The bullpen has been elite for a long stretch, but this could’ve been its best performance. 

The Dodgers will send out right-hander Gavin Stone (6-2, 2.90 ERA) to face Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortez (3-4, 3.46 ERA) in the second game at 4:35 p.m. Saturday.