I know this is old news, but I was out of town this weekend so I was unable to write. On Saturday night, the Dodgers defeated the Brewers 5-1 and advanced to the World Series. In this post, I’ll recap game seven of the NLCS and preview game one of the World Series.
NLCS Game 7 – Dodgers Win 5-1
The game started off with the Brewers taking a lead in the bottom of the first. Up until game seven, Christian Yelich had been having a quiet October. But the soon-to-be NL MVP would not stay quiet for long. He blasted a solo home run off Buehler with one out in the first, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead.
It didn’t take long, however, for the Dodgers to come back. In the top of the second, Manny Machado surprised everyone and bunted for a hit with two strikes. Cody Bellinger immediately followed with a go-ahead two-run homer.
Yasiel Puig gave the Dodgers insurance runs when he came to the plate in the sixth inning. The Dodgers had runners on second and third when Puig hit a ball to left center field. Off the bat, everyone knew it would score at least two runs. But the ball kept carrying and made it over the wall for a three-run homer. This gave the Dodgers a decisive 5-1 lead.
World Series Game 1 Preview
The Dodgers and Red Sox will face off in the World Series for the first time since 1916. The Red Sox have the most wins of any team this year (108 regular season wins). The Dodgers, on the other hand, had to fight their way to the top of the division.
The final two remaining teams will send their aces to the mound to open the series tonight. Clayton Kershaw will go for the Dodgers against Chris Sale. Kershaw is 9-5 this year with a 2.73 ERA and Sale went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA.
There were plenty of questions about Sale coming into the postseason. He was coming off an arm injury and hadn’t gone more than five innings. But he silenced the doubters in the ALDS and ALCS. He’s coming off a stomach infection that he claims came from his “bellybutton ring.”
Kershaw didn’t start game one of the NLDS as the Dodgers chose to start him in game two. He then pitched his way into starting game one of the NLCS, a game that turned out to be disastrous. He then pitched a lot better in game five and even closed game seven.
The game will begin at 5:09pm. You can watch it on FOX.