Mon, Aug 6th 2012, 05:40
This was the type of clutch moment the Dodgers had in mind for Hanley Ramirez.
It’s what Ramirez sought too, after being traded to the Dodgers from the Miami Marlins recently.
“When you’re playing in front of your crowd, and you hear that noise, that moment right there pumps you up,” Ramirez said. “That’s something that I was looking for in coming here to Los Angeles.”
Ramirez lined a walk-off single Sunday to drive in Matt Kemp and lead the Dodgers past the Chicago Cubs, 7-6, giving the Dodgers a sweep of the three-game series.
San Francisco also won, so the Dodgers remained half a game behind the first-place Giants in the National League West.
Ramirez ended the seesaw game with his hit against reliever Shawn Camp (2-5) in front of 42,495 at Dodger Stadium.
“When I got up to home plate, I was trying to just be nice and easy and look for a pitch,” Ramirez said.
In the sometimes quirky ways of baseball, closer Kenley Jansen (5-3) got the win even though, in the ninth inning, he blew the save that would have precluded the need for Ramirez’s heroics.
With the Dodgers leading, 6-5, Jansen threw a 1-and-0 pitch that Anthony Rizzo hit into the Cubs’ bullpen in right field to tie the score.
The teams swapped the lead several times after starters Joe Blanton of the Dodgers and Justin Germano gave up two runs apiece.