Yes, the lead will last. I held off on writing this post because I wanted it to be celebratory and I wanted to congratulate the Dodgers on advancing to the National League Championship Series. After last night, the story has changed.
Before heading to Atlanta for Game 3 of the National League Division Series, the Dodgers had taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the series and had hoped to sweep the Atlanta Braves. Unfortunately, a few mistakes kept the Dodgers from advancing to their 3rd straight National League Championship Series. The biggest mistake came in the second inning when Walker Buehler gave up a Grand Slam to the eventual National League Rookie Of The Year, Ronald Acuña Jr. The game looked like it had really taken a bad turn as the Dodgers were down 5-0 very quick.
Luckily for the Dodgers, they don’t give up and they persevere when they need to. In the fifth inning Justin Turner singled to score 2 runs and to cut the deficit to 3 runs. Following the fifth inning, Chris Taylor hit a 2-Run Home Run to pull the Dodgers to within one run. Immediately after Chris Taylor’s Home Run, Max Muncy blasted a moonshot to right center field to tie the game! The Dodgers had done it and they had tied the game.
Later on in the game after Alex Wood gave up a Home Run to Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers were back to facing a loss. Eventually this loss would happen because the Dodgers pulled a full on Dodgers and stranded the tying and go ahead run in the top of the 9th inning. What makes this frustrating for Dodger fans is that this has happened all season long and they brought it into the playoffs. After Pederson and Turner got on base with no out, the next three batters tried to be heroes and crush the ball. The outcome? 3 straight strikeouts and a Dodgers loss.
As for Walker Buehler? I thought he didn’t have his best stuff last night. However, after he gave up the Grand Slam to Acuña Jr, he locked the game down until he came out. Buehler at least kept the Dodgers in the game and gave the offense a chance to score some runs. Sadly, that one big mistake was the reason that the Dodgers lost last night.
I’m predicting that the Dodgers will win the game today and will advance to face the Brewers in the NLCS. Do I think the Dodgers will do well against the Brewers? Yes. I believe the series will go 6 or 7 games but I think the Dodgers have the depth to outlast the Brewers. In other news, the Rockies have been eliminated by the Brewers. The Astros are more than likely going to eliminate the Indians today and the Red Sox-Yankees series will probably go a full 5 games. Brewers will be a good challenge for the Dodgers and the Astros will await whoever wins the series for the Yankees and Red Sox. All in all, Dodgers VS Astros in the World Series, again. Don’t ask who I think is going to win that series.
So now we await the outcome of the playoff game today, fingers crossed the Dodgers take the series and fly to Milwaukee. Let’s go Dodgers!
*UPDATE*: The Dodgers have beaten the Atlanta Braves and will face the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS starting this weekend.