Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
Just minutes ago, Chris Taylor’s two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lengthened the Dodger season. In the National League Wild Card game, the Dodgers defeated the Saint Louis Cardinals 3-to-1. The Los Angeles Dodgers will face the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS.
When the Dodgers traded for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals, they expected them to play big in the playoffs. Scherzer struggled through his 4.2 innings. He did not have his usual outstanding control. Showing he is a competitor, Scherzer did not quit after the Cardinals scored their run on a wild pitch. He could not convince the Cardinals to swing and miss.
The Dodger bullpen prevented the Cardinals from capitalizing on their countless scoring opportunities. Although Brusdar Graterol toiled during the month of September, he retired the Cardinals on five pitches. Kenley Jansen dominated the Cardinals with all his pitches.
The Dodger offense was not as good as they were for the last five games of the regular season, but they scored enough to win. In the fourth inning, Justin Turner blasted game-tying solo home run. In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Cody Bellinger, who had an abysmal 2021 season, walked. Battling a neck injury in September, Taylor had a walk-off game-winning homer.