The Dodgers Won One Game

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

To begin the march to the world championship, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-to-2 in the National League Wild Card Series.

Typically, baseball has two Wild Card teams from each league play one game. However, with the shortened regular season, baseball allowed eight teams from both the National League and American League went to the 2020 postseason.

At no time during the 2020 regular season, the Brewers were above .500 winning percentage while the Dodgers had the best record in the Major Leagues. Normally, the Brewers would not in the postseason, but nothing is normal in 2020.

The Dodgers took advantage of the wildness from the Brewers’ left-handed Brent Sutor to score three runs in 1.2 innings. During the season, Sutor had 5 walks, but Wednesday, he walked five, including two with the bases loaded. To open the second inning, Chris Taylor, who had a hot September, doubled and scored on Mookie Betts’ double. In the seventh inning, Corey Seager hit the longest home run at Dodger Stadium during the 2020 season.

Right-handed Walker Buehler, who battled a blister since August 15, lasted only four innings and allowed a two-run home run by Orlando Arcia. For the first two innings, Buehler was dominated, but then, his breaking balls did not break downward, signaling that index finger was bothering him.

Julio Urìas, a left-hander, pitched brilliantly for three innings. Blake Treinen pitched the perfect eighth inning. Kenley Jansen walked pinch-hitter Jace Peterson but struck out Christian Yelich, who had a poor performance in 2020, to end the game.

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