Kershaw and The Dodgers Take Game 5, Only One Win Away From Being Champions

Game Five of the World Series started with Los Angeles Dodgers Star Right Fielder Mookie Betts doing well, “Mookie Betts type things.” Betts would lead the game off against Tampa Bay Rays Starting Pitcher Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow and Betts had a great battle to start the game; however, Betts won the first match of the night when he doubled on his eighth pitch from Glasnow. Betts soon would score the game’s first run after Corey Seager hit a groundball to right field a few pitches later.

Mookie Betts scored the game’s first run when Corey Seager swung his hot bat for a sharp groundball single to right field two pitches later. Seager continues to be hot at the plate. He is 8 for 15 so far in the World Series, and he also has 22 RBI’s. Cody Bellinger would soon get a two-out hit, which was able to score Seager. The Dodgers ended the top half of the first with a 2-0 lead.

The Rays’ were not able to accomplish much other than getting one hit off Kershaw in the first. The top of the second is  starting the same way the first did for the Dodgers. Glasnow would be facing Joc Pederson to start it off the second. Pederson was down on the count, and Glasnow threw a 98 mph fastball that Pederson hit over the right-field wall. Pederson now gives the Dodgers a 3-0 lead going into the bottom half of the second.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has thrown two scoreless innings, but he looked like he was on the lucky end of receiving very borderline calls. Now, we go to the bottom of the third with nothing happening in-between. The Rays currently have one runner on and only one out. Yandy Diaz was able to get an extra-base hit to right field. Mookie Betts, who rarely ever makes mistakes in the field, tried to grab the ball while on the run, but it would instead go in the corner. Because of the error that Betts made, Kevin Kiermaier was Tampa’s first run. Postseason stud Randy Arozarena was able to hit a Kershaw curveball to score Diaz.

Glasnow and Kershaw both go through the fourth without giving any runs. However, Kershaw’s would be more memorable as he walked back to back batters at the bottom of the fourth but got out of it. However, what was notable about the inning was Kershaw, for the first time in his career, 383 starts marking the fourth time in four innings that Clayton Kershaw allowed the leadoff batter to reach base. The other rare occurrence was Manuel Margot caught stealing home to end the inning.

The last run of the game would end up being at the top of the fifth when Max Muncy faced off with a 99 mph 4-seam fastball. The home run would give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead, and they never had to look back.

Clayton Kershaw only threw two pitches and had two outs in the sixth inning. But it wasn’t enough to let the Dodgers leave Kershaw in after throwing 85 pitches.

When manager Dave Roberts had taken the ball from Kershaw, the Dodger fans at Globe Life Field let Roberts know they were not happy.  The boos went to cheers for Kershaw, who gave up two runs and five hits and walked two while striking out six. Helping the Dodgers win Game five.

The game was not nearly as eventful as it was last night, but the Dodgers held off the Rays in the seventh, eighth, and ninth to win the game. 

They are now one win away. Game Six, Tuesday Night

Game Six

What: Major League Baseball’s  The World Series: Game Six

When: Tuesday, October 25th: 8:08 PM Eastern

Where: FOX Television, ESPN Radio

Starting Pitchers Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays) vs. Tony Gonsolin (Los Angeles Dodgers)

*Pitchers are currently listed as probable when published.

What I will be looking for:  This is simple Dodgers need to do whatever it takes to win; if that means you need Kershaw to face one batter, he faces one batter. Blake Snell will be on the mound for the Rays’ so the Dodgers have a battle ahead of them but going into game six of the World Series, I think a team is ready. I believe the Dodgers will win game six and become World Series Champions

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