Smith had a three-run homerun with the Atlanta Braves reliever of the same name, Corey Seager made two home runs and the Dodgers avoided elimination with a 7-3 win in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Friday night.
“I will always bet on our Will SmithSaid Dave Roberts, manager of the Dodges.
Smith connected to the sixth against – from everyone – Will Smith, the fourth of six Braves pitchers in their bullpen night which started with a few postseason premieres by AJ Minter.
“For him to come to this place for us.” I’m happy to see him speak, ”Dodgers right-back Mookie Betts said of his teammate who rarely shows emotion but was clearly puffed up by his big explosion.
Betts got that sixth decisive decision with a field single, and the first-year Dodger and former AL MVP had an ongoing, limited hold in right field that turned into a double. end of round game. His snag took an Atlanta run off the board after a replay challenge just before Seager’s first home run.
“You talk about momentum changes, this is the game of the year,” said Roberts. “I just thought there was no way he was going to make this game.”
Game 6 is Saturday afternoon, with a rematch from Series Pitcher: Lefty Max Frit for the Braves and the righties Walker Buehler for the Dodgers. Both gave up a point in Game 1, which Atlanta won 5-1 after a ninth of four points. Atlanta is looking to compete in the World Series for the first time since 1999.
“I knew it was going to be a really tough series no matter what situation you find yourself in,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I feel good tomorrow with Max on the mound. I feel really good with him. Hope we can score some points, support him and wrap this thing up.
Blake Trains, the third of seven Dodgers pitchers and the loser of Game 1 in relief, pitched two perfect innings for the win. Closer inconsistent Kenley Jansen hit the side in a no-save situation to end it, which Roberts called a highlight for him.
Betts had a stolen base after their sixth starting single before Justin TurnerThe one-takedown hard soleur that caught Betts in a run down. The Braves then brought in their left-hander named Will Smith face the left-handed batter Max Muncy, who took a walk past the Dodgers wide receiver named Will Smith hit a full 404-foot count down center left for a 4-2 lead.
“It got the team started. this energy bounces off one another, ”Smith said.
It was the first time since at least 1961 that a batter had landed a homerun on a pitcher of the same name in the regular season or after the season, according to the Elias Athletic Bureau.
The Dodgers extended their lead to the seventh when Chris Taylor hit a double with two outs and scored on a Betts single before Seager hit a ball in the Los Angeles relieving box at center-right.
Seager’s four home runs and 10 RBIs have already tied NLCS records, with at least one more game for the Dodgers – two if they are to stand a chance of making it to the World Series for the third time in four years . The four homers are already a record for a shortstop in any postseason series.
“Just kind of good swings on the courts and it’s all a little bit of clicking,” Seager said.
Taylor spun an ankle in left field in the eighth inning but stayed in the game. Manager Dave Roberts has said Taylor will receive treatment and testing before Game 6.
Minter struck out seven of the 10 batters he faced as the first pitcher in MLB history whose first start came in a postseason game. The fourth-year big leaguer became the first pitcher – starter or reliever – with seven strikeouts in three innings or less in a postseason game. He had already tied his career record before hitting the side – all on called third strikes – in the third before coming away with a 2-0 lead.
After Marcell Ozuna and Travis d’Arnaud had had straight singles to start third for Atlanta, there was one when Dansby Swanson hit a liner that flowed right. Betts made a running catch, with his glove grazing the ground before his return was late. But the Dodgers challenged Ozuna who left third base early – and it became the Braves third instead of their third point.
“We were able to stop,” Betts said. “Yesterday we couldn’t stop the bleeding. Today we were able to stop here and put pressure on them.
It took almost two minutes for the referees and the offsite replay team to make their decision, but the Dodgers outfielders – and even the Braves runners – had already left the field after watching the play on the large video board.
“It’s not always on the offensive end that you get the spark,” Seager said. “A great game in a great moment gives you energy.”
Immediately after that, Seager’s first home run in the middle of fourth place reduced the Dodgers deficit to 2-1.
Rookie center fielder Cristian Pache jumped over the wall, but the ball went just behind his elongated glove. But Pache timed things in the eighth, depriving Muncy of a home run with almost identical play.
The Braves scored in both innings for the Los Angeles starter Dustin May. Freddie Freeman doubled up, went to third and scored on Arnaud’s sacrificed volley in the first, and Pache had a single RBI in the second. D’Arnaud added an RBI Groundout in the eighth.
RETURN OF THE CATCHER
Smith became only the third receiver in Dodgers franchise history to land a postseason home run. The last was Steve Yeager in Game 5 of the 1981 Ron Guidry World Series of the New York Yankees. The other was Roy Campanella, who did it twice: in game three of the 1953 World Series and in game three of the 1955 World Series.
Pache, 21, who has only played two regular season games in the major leagues, has an RBI in each of his four NLCS starts. He became a starter after a fielder Adam Duvallleft oblique injury in the opening game of the series.
LOTS OF RELIEF
Minter hadn’t started a game since his junior season at Texas A&M in 2015, the same year Atlanta drafted him in the second round. He had played 144 relief games (139 in the regular season, five playoff games) in the last four seasons for the Braves, as well as 77 minor league games, before his first professional start.
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