The reports of the Dodger’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, at least for now. The Dodgers were like a sleeping ogre in game 3 of the NLCS against the Braves on Wednesday afternoon. Imagine the Dodgers as an enormous ogre that finally woke up after a long slumber and he’s cranky. He’s hungry and he hasn’t had his morning coffee yet, so he annihilated everyone and everything in his path. That was the Dodger’s offense in their game 3 record setting 15-3 win over Atlanta. The win gets the Dodgers back in the series as the Braves still hold a 2-1 series advantage.
To put into perspective what the Dodgers did in the first inning of game 3, the boys in blue made MLB postseason history. They scored 11 runs on six hits, three home runs including the grand slam from Muncy, three walks, a hit batter, and an overturned call. The Dodgers scored ten of those eleven runs with two outs. Overall the Dodgers scored 15 runs on 16 hits, and slugged five home runs. Joc Pederson recorded four hits and Corey Seager tallied three hits. Muncy and Bellinger had two a piece, Muncy drove in four runs, and Seager drove in three. The Dodgers drew eight walks and were 5 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
On the pitching side, Julio Urias allowed just one earned run on three hits with two walks and five punchouts across five solid frames. The rest of the staff Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez and Alex Wood each turned in some low leverage innings to give the Dodgers some length.
NLCS Game 3
Dodgers 15 15 0
Braves 3 7 0
But the pitching wasn’t the story in this one. The Dodgers delivered a frightening blow to the Braves. We know they are capable of putting up crooked numbers so hopefully this changed the momentum and at least puts some doubt in Atlanta’s head. The first inning was spectacular. It started with Mookie Betts reaching on an infield single that was originally called out when Atlanta third baseman Johan Camargo made a fantastic play but Mookie beat the throw by a step. After the call was overturned, Seager doubled him in and the Dodgers went ahead early with a 1-0 lead. Then Justin Turner and Max Muncy grounded out against opposing starter Kyle Wright. Then the hit brigade started. It was like a bludgeoning and the smacks came hard and fast. It went double, walk, three-run home run, solo home run, walk, pitching change, another walk (off of Grant Dayton), line drive single, hit by pitch, grand slam home run, and a strikeout to mercilessly end it. When the smoke had cleared the Dodgers had plated eleven runs.
The Dodgers announced that Clayton Kershaw will start game 4 on Thursday evening against Bryse Wilson. We don’t know if his back is 100% yet, but it’s an encouraging sign for the Dodgers. If the Dodgers are going to complete this amazing series comeback they are going to need Clayton Kershaw to lead them there. He can do that tomorrow and finally help erase his seemingly neverending postseason narrative. Tomorrow is a must win for the boys in blue. The Dodgers are still trailing in this series but they are certainly not dead yet. This series isn’t over.