For the primary time since 2004, each League Championship Sequence will go to a decisive Recreation 7.
With their backs in opposition to the wall, the Los Angeles Dodgers prolonged the Nationwide League’s model on Saturday, defeating the Atlanta Braves 3-1 in a well-pitched Recreation 6. Starter Walker Buehler bounced again from his tough outing in Recreation 1, tossing six scoreless inning to steer L.A.’s second straight win after falling behind within the sequence 3-1.
The NLCS winner will tackle the winner of ALCS Recreation 7 between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays within the World Sequence starting on Tuesday.
Nearly as good as Buehler was, it was the Dodgers offense that set the tone in Recreation 6. After blasting two residence runs in Recreation 5, hot-hitting shortstop Corey Seager adopted up with a first-inning residence run to open the scoring. The homer was Seager’s sixth of the postseason, which set the franchise’s single postseason document. His 15 RBIs are additionally a Dodgers’ document.
Justin Turner instantly adopted with a house run of his personal. With that blast, the Dodgers turned the fourth staff in postseason historical past to hit back-to-back residence runs within the first inning of a recreation whereas going through elimination. The final staff to do it? The St. Louis Cardinals in opposition to the Braves within the 2019 NLDS. The Braves misplaced each video games and went on to lose the sequence final October.
The Braves had a golden alternative to strike again within the second inning after loading the bases with no person out. Buehler wouldn’t cave although, recording two strikeouts and a floor out to flee.
Buehler had his greatest outing in the course of the 2020 postseason at the very best time. After strolling 5 batters and searching uncomfortable within the sequence opener, he walked none on Saturday. The Braves did rack up seven singles in opposition to Buehler, however couldn’t break via till the Dodgers’ bullpen entered within the seventh inning.
To his credit score, Braves’ starter Max Fried stored Atlanta within the recreation after practically falling aside early. He put collectively 5 2/Three scoreless innings after that tough first body, putting out 5.
Struggling nearer Kenley Jansen picked up the save for Los Angeles with a scoreless ninth.
We might simply rename this part: Mookie Betts Spotlight of the Day.
For the second straight recreation, Betts made the largest defensive play. This time, he robbed Marcell Ozuna of additional bases and stored Atlanta off the scoreboard with a ridiculous leaping catch on the wall.
Between his energy, pace, arm and hops, Betts is just on one other degree.
It is on to the winner-take-all Recreation 7 on Sunday.
Naturally, the quick focus can be on which pitcher every supervisor will choose as his Recreation 7 starter.
The Braves appear to have a set rotation, which suggests rookie Ian Anderson ought to get the decision and the ball. The 22-year-old has not allowed a run throughout three postseason outings overlaying 15 2/Three innings. In Recreation 2 in opposition to Los Angeles, Anderson pitched 4 scoreless with 5 strikeouts but additionally walked 5 in a principally uneven outing.
As for the Dodgers, the choices would seemingly boil right down to rookie Tony Gonsolin or Julio Urias. The larger query: Would Clayton Kershaw be out there for an inning or two after pitching in Recreation 4? And if that’s the case, what may his position be?
First pitch is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET with TV protection on FOX.
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