The Dodgers Force Game 7

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

The Los Angeles Dodgers used a 3-run first inning and superb pitching from Walker Buehler, Blake Treinen, Pedro Báez, and Kenley Jansen to force a Game 7 as they defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-to-1.

The Dodgers came out swinging against a 26-year-old left-handed Max Fried, who had a magnificent outing. In the first inning, Corey Seager and Justin Turner blasted back-to-back home runs. Cody Bellinger followed with an RBI-single.

Since Fried had perfect control with his beautiful curveball that high spin rate, the Dodgers could not ignite another rally. Fried, who throughout his career, has had problems during the first innings, will be an excellent left-handed starter for many years to come. If he did not have back spasms in September that kept him out of a couple of starts, he would be a leading candidate for the National League Cy Young Award.

Walker Buehler was impressive through his six innings, allowing no runs. He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning. Again, Mookie Betts made a spectacular leaping catch that prevented a run. Buehler used all the strike zone.

Although Treinen allowed a run, his quality performance allowed both Báez and Jansen have superb innings each.

The Dodgers don’t know who is starting. To go to the World Series, the Dodgers must take a lead and play stellar defense.

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