Scouts: And we are now down to one. One final game to decide who will face the Rays in the World Series. Personally I had no dog in this race. Sure I like the Braves, they have some former O’s, plus it would have made Prof very happy. However I also kinda like the Dodgers. They’ve been around for a while trying to knock down this door, and it would be nice to see them finally break on through. Plus, you know, Clayton Kersaw.
Atlanta at one point held a 3-1 series lead over the Dodgers, but as I wrote way back when, LA was the sort of team that could easily run the table. They dominate in every aspect, with one of the most punishing offenses in baseball, to a fantastic pitching staff, and a top notch defense. Atlanta actually surprised me as they played much better than I expected. They were neck and neck with the Dodgers every step of the way. They were both blown out, and responded with a blow out of their own. Unfortunately one team had to win and one had to lose. I honestly could have watched these two teams play each other for twelve more games.
Dodgers 4, Braves 3 – Scouts: The final game went just as the entire series did. Atlanta jumped out to an early lead, but LA continued to grind it out, and after some back and forth, eventually the Dodgers were standing at the end. Atlanta drew first blood in the first thanks to a Marcell single which scored Ronald Acuna. Dansby Swanson homered in the second to give them a little breathing room.
It wasn’t enough of course as the Dodgers tied it up in the third thanks to a Will Smith single scoring Justin Turner and Max Muncy. Austin Riley gave Atlanta it’s final lead of the series in the 4th thanks to a line drive to center scoring Ozzie Albies.
But then LA did what LA does best. Hit home runs. Enrique Hernandez went deep in the 6th, pinch hitting for Joc Pederson.
Finally, with the game tied in the 7th, Cody Bellinger got a hold of one and, well let’s just say there was no doubt about it. It was the first Dodgers lead of the game, but it was all that mattered. It was the team’s 16th home run of the Championship Series.
The Dodgers will get Monday off to rest up before the World Series officially kicks off. We are now anywhere from 4-7 games away from the end of the 2020 season. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher as of yet, however all signs are pointing to a Glasnow/Kershaw matchup.
Is everyone excited to see the Rays and Dodgers face off? Are you just glad the year is almost to a conclusion? Do you feel like Baseball has really just gotten started and now it’s almost done?