Trayce Thompson, the Dodgers midfielder who leapt to the top of the wall in the ninth half of their 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins in front of a crowd of 50,431 at Chavez Ravine, made a spectacular, potentially game-saving catch. Friday night.
Support Daryl Boston with an assist.
Boston is a former major league player who is now the first base coach of the Chicago White Sox, but was the organization’s minor league outfield coordinator when the White Sox selected a former Santa Margarita High School standout Thompson in the second round. in 2009.
Thompson said of Boston: “After I was drafted, we used to work out there every day, working on the balls on the wall, working on the balls on the ground, kicking the guys out of the house, so you know, he’s my man,” Thompson said. “I still keep in touch with him on a fairly regular basis. I’m sure he’ll text me when he sees that game.”
Making his eighth start to the season in midfield, Thompson made a significant contribution with his stick to tie the score 1-1 by doubling the left field line by two-offs, two points. seventh.
The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead on eighth in an interesting fielder choice made by Will Smith and was regularly closer to Craig Kimbrel after shooting in three of the previous five games, while manager Dave Roberts passed the ball to setup man Evan Phillips. to start the ninth.
Nick Fortes set out towards a deep center. Thompson returned to the warning path and fired a jumping catch to rob the designated hitter from any extra bases. Phillips took the next two wins for the save to help the Dodgers raise their league-best record 82-36 and win 37 times in 45 games.
“I think it would fly off the wall [if I didn’t catch it], but I didn’t think it would end,” Thompson said. “It felt good. As an outfielder, you can take any ball down the wall, it’s a good feeling to help your pitcher.”
How hard is a game when you don’t play it regularly?
“Well, I mean, that’s why you prepare before the game,” Thompson said. “For an outfielder, batting training is the biggest thing in my opinion. And I feel like a doctor [Roberts] He did a good job of working me out there a bit, so you know, I feel like I’m ready. ”
Thompson, brother of NBA star Klay Thompson, has jumped to six different teams in the past five years, but with his strong play, he plays a more prominent role in his second stint with the Dodgers.
“He’s a clutch player,” Roberts said. “He’s been around for a long time, and now he really understands who he is as a major league baseball player. And he’s just capable of slowing the game down. He’s probably blood related.”
The score was 1-1 as Mookie Betts, who hit three hits, led by three to the right from the bottom of the eighth quarter. Trea Turner finished third, Betts held and Freddie Freeman deliberately walked.
Smith struck to the left of Miami’s third baseman Jon Berti, who thought he didn’t have time to take the second to start a potential doubles game. So Berti turned and looked at the plate, here… no one was home. Literally.
Marlins hunter Jacob Stallings had evacuated the building, thinking the game would be indoors. He doubled the ground circle on the first base side of the plate, allowing Betts to waltz home with the winning run.
“You know, we got a little lucky with Will Smith’s bat and fielder’s choice,” Roberts said.
Tyler Anderson gave up a run and five in seven strong innings, but Thompson’s seventh inning put him off the hook for a potential loss.
Anderson bailed the Marlins out of three in six, before getting a double lead over the Stallings in seventh. After getting Charles Leblanc to take the lead and give Peyton Burdick a lead, Anderson caught the plate too far in a 0-and-2 change, and rookie Jerar Encarnacion took a double and 1-0 lead.
It has been short.
Justin Turner finished league seven with a single centered on Miami’s first striker, Jesus Luzardo.
Chris Taylor was out, and Marlins manager Don Mattingly threw Luzardo in favor of left-handed Steven Okert, who hit Hanser Alberto for the second time.
But Thompson was just inside the left field line and kicked a double into the corner. Miami had a good shot at Turner, who was waved home by third base coach Dino Ebel, but Encarnacion knocked down Miguel Rojas and Turner scored without a game for a 1-1 draw.
This story was originally published in the Los Angeles Times.