There was one important person missing from the celebration when the Dodgers rushed out of the dugout to mob Dee Gordon after he hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to edge the White Sox, 2-1, in front of a sellout crowd on Father’s Day.
Instead of being on the Dodger Stadium field with his players, manager Don Mattingly was in the video room watching his club pull out yet another improbable victory after being ejected by third-base umpire Jerry Meals in response to a questionable call that took away a run in the sixth inning.
With their manager forced to watch from afar, the Dodgers rallied like they have all season and tied it in the ninth before securing their first series victory against the White Sox and salvaging a sharp performance by Chris Capuano.
“We fight,” said Gordon who still had shaving cream in his left ear and on his chin from the celebration. “We fight until the end and we’re going to keep fighting.”
A Tony Gwynn triple with one out in the 10th inning paved the way for Gordon’s heroics. Those fireworks wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for a Juan Rivera sacrifice fly the inning before to tie the game by scoring Bobby Abreu, who led off the ninth with a single and advanced to third on an Elian Herrera base hit.
However, the game may have had a different outcome had it not been for the controversial sixth.
With the Dodgers trailing, 1-0, it appeared Matt Treanor scored on a Herrera sacrifice fly to shallow right after White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers dropped the ball at home.
The White Sox appealed that Treanor left third base too early and Meals called him out to end the inning.
“Just seeing where he was at, looking across. There’s a timing, you look at where a guy is at, looking over there when [right fielder Alex] Rios was catching,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It was all of us saying the same thing.”
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