Once again, the Los Angeles Dodgers got it done in the postseason for another win in an era that has featured so many big wins by them without an elusive World Series Title. Furthermore, they’re getting closer, after they defeated the San Diego Padres 6-5 in a thriller in Texas’ Globe Life Park.
Cody Bellinger was one of the main stories. First, Bellinger cracked the first home run of the series to dead center off Zach Davies.
Then later, Bellinger would bail out reliever Brusdar Graterol and the Dodgers with Los Angeles ahead 4-3. Indeed, Bellinger leaped above the wall in center to rob Fernando Tatis Jr. of a two-run home run that would have given the Padres the lead.
Still, and despite adding necessary insurance runs after a quality start by Clayton Kershaw, the Dodger would get into hot water in the ninth inning when Kenley Jansen allowed two runs to score.
Joe Kelly loaded the bases with Eric Hosmer at the plate and two outs before the Dodgers narrowly escaped with a two games to zero series lead. On Thursday, the Dodgers look to go for the series sweep to advance to another NLCS.
For all the games that haven’t been great in this postseason – and without question it’s weird without fans in the stands – this game was entertaining and will go on for a long time in the memory bank.
Finally, I’m not sure the Dodgers win this game without three line drive base hits by Corey Seager and a few other very timely at-bats from Max Muncy and Justin Turner. Truly, the experience the Dodgers have in the postseason over the past several years gave them a leg up on the Padres and the narrowest of victories.