Dodgers slow start leads to comeback, as LA opens the floodgates after A 3-1 deficit to advance to the World Series
by Aeden Alexander
After failed execution in consecutive games, the Dodgers found themselves in a 3-1 hole. However, the team came back to advance to their third World Series in four years.
Just one week after the Lakers have won their 17th championship, the Los Angeles Dodgers made a historic comeback against the Atlanta Braves, bringing them to their third World Series appearance in the last 4 years. The NLCS left many fans in awe as it was filled with spectacular plays, massive home runs, and games going down to the wire.
The Dodgers faced the Braves in a seven game series in the “MLB Bubble”, where all games were played in Texas to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks. This entire season has been played with zero fans in every stadium and for the first time since last year the MLB allowed fans to enter the Rangers stadium to watch the Braves and Dodgers battle out a tough series.
Los Angeles got off to a slow start in the series, as they were quickly down two games to zero as the Braves pitching was making the Dodgers offense look foolish. Kike Hernandez had a hot start for LA blasting his first homerun of the series to be the Dodgers only run in the first game.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was supposed to be on the bump for game two of the series, but was ruled out due to back spasms and was scheduled to throw the next game. The offense of LA continued to struggle till the end of game two where they rallied in the ninth inning, scoring four runs, and although they came up short, they began showing glimpses of what Dodgers fans saw all year.
LA exploded for eleven runs in Game Three, making headlines for most runs scored in the first inning of a League Title game. From then on they cruised to an easy win but then received a hard blow in the following game as they took a shameful loss ten to two.
Whatever it was that happened after that loss, it surely lit a fire in their soul because from then on the Dodgers played like the 43-17 team we all know they can be and won the next three games. Bellinger and Hernandez both contributed in great fashion by blasting clutch home runs in back-to-back innings. The Dodgers were making history, and individually, Corey Seager was on a tear blasting five homers in the series which broke the record for most home runs ever hit by a single player in a seven game series.
Seager went on to receive the NLCS MVP as he and the Dodgers advanced to the World Series, where they will face the underdog Tampa Bay Rays in another seven game series. This year has evidently been one of the most difficult years our country has had to face and thankfully sports, to an extent, has been able to take our minds off of the things going on around us today. Hopefully the Dodgers, who are on a roll, can end the thirty-two year World Series Title drought and finally bring home the trophy to where it belongs… to the city of Los Angeles.
2020 World Series Schedule, Via SB Nation’s True Blue LA
|Game||Date||Time (PT)||Home team||TV|
|1||Tue, Oct 20||5:09 p.m.||Dodgers||Fox|
|2||Wed, Oct 21||5:08 p.m.||Dodgers||Fox|
|3||Fri, Oct 23||5:08 p.m.||Rays||Fox|
|4||Sat, Oct 24||5:08 p.m.||Rays||Fox|
|5*||Sun, Oct 25||5:08 p.m.||Rays||Fox|
|6*||Tue, Oct 27||5:08 p.m.||Dodgers||Fox|
|7*||Wed, Oct 28||5:09 p.m.||Dodgers||Fox|
*if necessary, All games at Globe Life Field