The Mookie and Kershaw Show help the Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3
When Los Angeles Dodgers Center Fielder Cody Bellinger hit a 98mph Four-seam fastball, 378 feet over the right-center wall in the bottom of the fourth inning, he and his Dodger teammates never had to look back.
The Dodgers ended up taking game one relatively smoothly over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night at Global Like Park in Arlington, Texas. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw seemed to get rid of his previous post-season woes for at least one night. The East Texas native Kershaw went back to his Cy Young Award-winning ways by throwing eight strikeouts, giving up one earned run, and only allowing two hits in six innings of play. The three-time National League Cy Young Award Winner was dominant, and the Rays could not do anything about it.
The only mistake Clayton Kershaw made out of the 78 pitches he threw was at the top of the fifth inning when he threw an 86mph slider to Tampa Center Fielder Kevin Kiermaier. The seven-year veteran hit a home run to put the Rays on the board. The only other time the Rays made the Dodgers sweat a little bit was at the top of the seventh inning when they scored two runs off Dodgers reliever Victor Gonzalez. Gonzalez came in for relief of Dylan Floro after Floro could only get one out in the top half of the seventh.
The Dodgers bats were just too strong as they would score four runs in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth. The bottom of the fifth was where things began to change more in favor of the Dodgers. Max Muncy drove in Mookie Betts; Will Smith drove in another run as Corey Seager scored. Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez drove in the other two runs during the fifth. The sixth was a little less drastic as only two more runs would score.
Of course, Mookie Betts does what he usually does when he plays against the Tampa Bay Rays, and that is to show us that he is very, very good. Tonight, he had two hits, including a home run, two stolen bases, and one RBI. Betts has played against the Rays more than he’s played for any other team. However, the stolen base will probably mean more to people than anything based on social media trends on Tuesday night. Betts became the hero for both the baseball fan and non-baseball fan because of Taco Bell’s “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” campaign.
The Ray’s scored two more runs in the seventh when Michael Brosseau knocked in Manuel Margot for a run and also Kevin Kiermaier singled, and Joey Wendle scored a run. They just were not able to do more because of the excellent pitching the Dodgers had going.
Overall, it was the Dodgers night as they outhit the Rays ten to 6 and simply outpitched them as well. The Dodgers are only three games away from being the World Series Champions for the first time since 1988.
What: Major League Baseball’s The World Series: Game Two
When: Wednesday, October 21st: 8:08 PM Eastern
Where: FOX Television, ESPN Radio
Starting Pitchers: Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays) vs. Tony Gonsolin (Los Angeles Dodgers)
What I will be watching for: The history between Blake Snell & Mookie Betts. Blake Snell has only gone against a few Dodgers’ players. Mookie Betts is the one player he has gone against the most in his career out of the Dodgers roster players. It’s has been a total of twenty-three times. During twenty of those at-bats, Betts played for the Boston Red Sox. He has only struck out twice against Snell while batting an average of .304 with seven hits, one home run, and six RBI’s. These statistics do not include any Spring Training at-bats.