George Springer (right) and Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros celebrate a 5-2 win against the Oakland Athletics in Game Two of the American League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
After amassing the best record in Major League Baseball's pandemic-shortened regular season, the Dodgers are back in the NLCS for the fourth time in five years. "Our offense is at its best when we're walking as many times as we're getting hits". The Braves didn't have any difficulty overcoming the Marlins bench, taking Game 3 with a 7-0 shutout. First baseman Max Muncy, catcher Austin Barnes and right fielder Mookie Betts each had two-hit days at the dish.ON LOOP.
San Diego did take a 2-1 lead, on rookie Jake Croneworth's walk after Wil Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs, and Trent Grisham's RBI single before Tatis struck out. He walked four and allowed only two singles. Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton belted his sixth home run of the playoffs with a two-run shot in the eighth.
The Astros downed the Dodgers in seven games in the 2017 World Series, lost to Boston in the 2018 championship series and returned to the World Series a year ago, falling in seven games to Washington.
After a scoreless sixth, the A's knotted things back up in the seventh with a three-run shot off the bat of Chad Pinder, his second home run of the series.
Smith capped his outburst with a bases-loaded double in the ninth inning and finished 5-for-6 with three RBIs.
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With injured starters Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet out for the first round, the Padres became the first team to use at least eight pitchers in three consecutive playoff games.
Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-0 3.00 ERA postseason) will go for his second playoff victory after beating the Blue Jays 8-2 to complete a two-game sweep in the first round. I think the Padres are ready to compete for the next few years, but the Dodgers will continue to be the team to win the NL in 2020, responding to the NLDS victory over San Diego.
The only time the Padres were truly in the game was when holding a 2-1 lead after two innings.
Aside from the power, d'Arnaud's consistency allowed him to hit an exceptional.600 over the three games. "Just tried to keep it going. We had big plays, big moments from a lot of different guys throughout the series", Pollock said. The only pitchers younger when starting a potential elimination game were Kerry Wood, Steve Avery, Bret Saberhagen, and Fernando Valenzuela.
Randy Arozarena homered for the second consecutive night, and three teammates also went deep as Tampa Bay defeated NY at San Diego to even their American League Division Series at one game apiece.
Bellinger almost went to a knee to hit his long home run, and later made a spectacular, leaping catch at the center-field wall to take away a go-ahead shot from Fernando Tatis Jr.as the Dodgers barely held off the San Diego Padres 6-5 Wednesday night. The Padres used 24 total players Thursday, the most ever in any playoff game.
Dinelson Lamet was left off the postseason roster in both rounds after the right-hander experienced biceps tightness in his final start of the regular season September 25.
"Obviously, those are two of their better starters", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.