The Dodgers received great news on Saturday before their game had even ended. The White Sox defeated the Indians 2-1, giving the Dodgers home field advantage through the World Series! This is great news because Los Angeles has a record of 57-24, compared to 45-34 on the road. With that said, even if the Indians would have won the Dodgers still would have gotten home field advantage after their 5-3 victory over the Rockies! That puts them at 103 wins this season, guaranteed to be the best in baseball this year!
Let’s take a look at how it all went down:
The Rockies got on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Calros Gonzalez kicked the off the scoring with a solo home run. Later in the inning, Lucroy followed with an RBI double and Blackmon hit an RBI single, putting Colorado up 3-0.
The Dodgers were able to get one back thanks to an RBI groundout by Chris Taylor in the top of the 3rd inning. Then, Yasiel Puig came up with a runner on and hit a two-run home run to tie the game at three! Chris Taylor would hit another RBI groundout in the top of the 7th inning, putting the Dodgers up 4-3.
.@YasielPuig ties it up with one swing. ?
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 1, 2017
Yasiel Puig would come around to score again in the top of the 9th inning thanks to an RBI double by Chase Utley, putting the Dodgers up 5-3. Newest Dodger, Tim Locastro, also came in to pinch-run for Chase Utley and promptly stole third base!
That would do it for the Dodgers offensively. As for pitching, the night wasn’t bad at all outside of the 3rd inning! Kershaw threw 57 pitches in four innings and gave up seven hits. He ends the season 18-4 with an ERA of 2.31. The bullpen did it’s job and held the Rockies to those three runs. Pedro Baez was called upon in the 8th inning and faced two batters, striking them both out! Then Kenley Jansen, on his birthday, came in for the four-out save and did just that.
The Dodgers will end the season on Sunday against the Rockies and then will begin the NLDS on Friday, October 6th!
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