A Blowout Gives the Dodgers Victory

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

An 11-run first inning took the pressure off the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 15-to-3.

The Dodgers came out swinging. Joc Pederson had a 3-run0 homer, and Max Muncy had a grand slam. Later, after making another spectacular leaping catch that prevented a 3-run homer, Cody Bellinger blasted a solo home run. Excluding Chris Taylor, who walked, every player in the Dodger starting lineup had at least one hit. Corey Seager had a single, double, and a home run. Edwin Rìos displayed with a monstrous home run.

Julio Urìas provided his team what they needed, a solid 5-inning outing. He continued his marvelous playoff performances. Despite allowing a solo home run by a rookie Christian Pache, Urìas performed splendidly.

In this game, Kenley Jansen pitched better than he has since the beginning of September, even touching 92 mph with a fastball. His cutter still did not have the usual lateral movement. When a pitch does not move, it is much easier to hit. Jansen’s problem stems from a delivery mechanical issue, which pitching coach Mark Prior has been working on with Jansen.

After yesterday’s debacle, Pedro Báez performed perfectly. Before the game, manager Dave Roberts met with Báez in the office. Because Báez has been with the Dodgers since 2014, he has established a good relationship with Roberts.

Alex Wood struggled in the eighth inning, but he did not allow a run. In the Wild Card series, he was not on the roster, and against the San Diego Padres, Wood did not pitch. Yesterday, Wood did not pitch well, but Wednesday, he was much better.

Adam Koralek struggled through the ninth inning allowing 2 runs. While he has been a left-handed specialist during his career, Wednesday, he retired the right-handers and not the left-handers.

This blowout allowed Roberts to rest many of his regulars and core relievers. Though the Dodgers did not score after the third inning, their offense alive. Unlike the Dodgers who have either Clayton Kershaw or Dustin May to start Thursday, the Braves have to go with a bullpen, which is already exhausted, Thursday. They do not Game 5 starter either. Before Wednesday, the Braves never trailed during the postseason. If the Dodgers can get an early lead, they should win Game 4.

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