They’re baaaaaaack! The Dodgers are back! Just when we thought the boys in blue were dead in the water, the comeback kids charge forward with an epic four-run eighth inning to erase a three-run deficit and defeat the Atlanta Braves 6-5 in game three of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are now right back in the series, down 2-1 in games, but ahead in momentum. Cody Bellinger was the game changer (again) with a crushing three-run home run that tied the score.
Things certainly seemed bleak for the Dodgers as they entered that fateful eighth inning. It looked like the Dodgers were finished. Walker Buehler lasted just 3.2 innings, Gavin Lux couldn’t catch a fly ball in front of the center field wall and the club had just two runs on five hits up until then. The club looked defeated, the fans looked depressed, and the energy had been sucked out of the stadium faster than a hoover vacuum cleaner.
Opposing starter Charlie Morton had kept the Dodgers in check, despite issuing six walks and a two-run first inning home run to Corey Seager. Disaster struck in the top of the fourth when Buehler and the Dodgers gave up four runs to the Braves. Atlanta notched five hits (the Lux missed catch was ruled a double) and two walks and when the dust had settled the Dodgers were losing 4-2. The Braves added another run in the top of the fifth to make the score 5-2. Former Dodger and pearl wearer Joc Pederson was a catalyst going 2 for 4, driving in a run, walking once and scoring a run as well. Freddie Freeman had three hits (overcoming six consecutive strikeouts in the first two games) but the Dodgers just hung around as the Braves left ten men on base and couldn’t put the Dodgers away.
In the bottom of the eighth inning with Luke Jackson on the mound the Dodgers got singles from Will Smith and AJ Pollock before Bellinger crushed a 1-2 pitch into the right field pavilions to ignite the crowd and tie the game at 5-5. Dodger Stadium went nuts again when Chris Taylor poked a single, stole second base and then scored on a Mookie Betts double to center field. The Dodgers took the lead 6-5 and never looked back from there.
The bullpen was fantastic yet again, whiffing nine Braves, with Kenley Jansen closing the door in the top of the ninth. Unbelievable. Just when we think the Dodgers are done for, they resurrect themselves. The Dodgers are pretty darn good at this come from behind thing. Julio Urias is scheduled to take the mound for game 4 tomorrow at 5:08 PM PST, while the Braves don’t have a starter named yet. At this point, anything can happen. RepeatLA is still alive and well folks! We’ll see you tomorrow!
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 20, 2021
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