Dodgers win fifth in a row behind late comeback, 3-2

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Max Muncy walks off Tigers as Dodgers show fight down the stretch to steal a win.

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers got their 38th comeback win of the season to seal the series victory against Detroit. A Max Muncy walk-off single that brought home Mookie Betts completed a late rally to give the Dodgers their fifth straight win.

Did you think that this team was just going to give up after their National League West title? I didn’t think so. After a pitching duel for most of the game, the Dodger offense pulled through late as they have done plenty of times this year. 

Mookie Betts had a bit of a resurgence in this game after being in a slight slump in September. He went 3-5 and barely scored the winning run with a slick slide on Max Muncy’s base hit. A couple other notables on offense were J.D. Martinez, who hit another home run, had two hits and two walks, as well as Freddie Freeman, who added two hits.

On the other side of the field, the Dodgers had a bit of an unusual bullpen day. They went with their usual opener in Caleb Ferguson but after one inning and one run, he was pulled for Ryan Pepiot. Pepiot then went on to throw six innings of dominant baseball, with four strikeouts and only one run given up, while also navigating a serious jam in the seventh.

Brusdar Graterol and Alex Vesia both came on after Pepiot and cruised to two clean innings to keep the game within reach for the offense to make their comeback. 

The Dodgers are now 93-57 and have 12 games remaining in the regular season.

Here are my three takeaways:

Brusdar Graterol Has a Special Moment  

Graterol has been one of the shining stars for this Dodger team this year, boasting one of the best ERA’s in all of baseball. But his shining moment came Tuesday, when his mother watched him pitch in person for the first time as a Major Leaguer. After being signed by the Twins in 2014, almost nine months later, his mom was in attendance to watch him throw a dominant 1-2-3 inning in the eighth. These moments are why we love baseball…

Ryan Pepiot Campaigning for Postseason Start  

Pepiot has been churning out quality outings and Tuesday’s long relief appearance was no outlier. He lowered his season ERA to 1.91 and continued to flash moments of dominance. His changeup has been lethal and his fastball has accrued many more whiffs than it did in 2022. I have always seen Pepiot as the third best starter on the team as soon as he returned from the injured list, and his performances have backed that up. I would love to see him get the opportunity in October. 

David Peralta Comes Up Clutch 

This is one of the reasons the Dodgers signed David Peralta in the offseason. After an 0-19 stretch coming into this game, Peralta delivered a game-tying double in the eighth to give the Dodgers life and spark the comeback. Even when he is in a slump, Peralta is always at the top step greeting guys with a smile on his face. The ability to connect with the team even when struggling goes to show what kind of player and person he is. I know he will be pivotal in the Dodgers’ success in the postseason, whether that be on or off the field… 

The Dodgers will look for a sweep as Bobby Miller takes the mound against Reese Olson for Detroit. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM PST Wednesday.