25 innings in the NLCS, the Dodgers seemed on course for one of the most shocking one-sided outings in recent memory.
The 106-game regular-season Dodgers lost 5-2 before the eighth inning to the Atlanta Braves after losing the first two games of the series. The team couldn’t find a hit with runners in scoring position and were already facing scrutiny over their aggressive pitching decisions.
And when all was almost lost, it was the guy who finished a lost season who put them back in the mix.
Cody Bellinger, the former MVP who finished the regular season with a score of .165 / .240 / .302 after undergoing shoulder surgery, logged in for a three-run homerun to tie the game and revive the crowd at Dodger Stadium:
You might notice that Luke Jackson’s 96 mph fastball was about neck height for Bellinger, who had a lot of celebrations on the base trails.
Chris Taylor followed this circuit with a single, then, after a withdrawal from Matt Beaty, Mookie Betts delivered an RBI brace to put the Dodgers ahead:
Kenley Jansen came in and struck out all three hitters, sealing the massive victory for the Dodgers. Through Sarah Along the MLB.com, this is the first time the Dodgers have won after being led by three or more runs in the eighth inning or later.
The victory allows the Dodgers to avoid an intimidating hole in the series 3-0 – you are probably aware that only the 2004 Boston Red Sox overcame such a deficit – and they could also have the advantage for Game 4 with Julio Urias on the mound against a probable Braves enclosure game.