Buehler And the Offense Overpowers Tampa Bay

Friday, October 23, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Coming into the World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays knew their offense would be a problem. Behind a brilliant 6-inning performance by Walker Buehler, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Rays 6-to-2.

Justin Turner’s first-inning solo home run that gave his team an important early lead tied Duke Snider for most home runs in Dodger postseason. Although Turner has had more chances than Snider during the postseason, Turner’s 11 home runs are still an accomplishment. Turner also made two fantastic plays.

Buehler was fabulous in six innings, allowing one run. He struck out ten on every kind of pitch. The Rays’ hitters could stop swinging, and Buehler exploited their weakness. Even when the Rays had two doubles in the fifth, it did not feel like the Rays could have a prolonged rally.

Despite having superb success in the postseason in the past, Charlie Morton, 36, did not have it. In his 4.1 innings, Morton allowed five runs thanks to Max Muncy’s 2-RBI single, squeeze-bunt by Austin Barnes, who later homered, and an RBI-single by Mookie Betts.

Although Kenley Jansen allowed a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning, the Dodgers received excellent relief pitching from Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol, and Jansen. Buehler’s ability to six innings enabled manager Dave Roberts to save the rest of the bullpen.

Saturday, while the Rays have a bullpen game, the Dodgers start left-hander Julio Urias. During the 2020 postseason, the 24-year-old Mexican-native has shone. Tampa Bay’s aggressive at-bats but inability to make consistent contact should play in Urìas’ hand, enabling him to use his magnificent changeup.

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