With a strong kick from his bat, Cody Bellinger silenced a rowdy crowd in San Francisco while simultaneously exorcising the demons of his 2021 regular season.
Bellinger’s ninth inning RBI single against Giants closest Camilo Doval struck in the winning run and lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers over rival San Francisco Giants 2-1 in an Instant Classic 5 game. the National League division series.
With the win, the Dodgers will advance to their fifth NL championship series in six years, in a 2020 NLCS rematch against the Atlanta Braves.
The green light led by Bellinger also kicked off a dance party at Dodger Stadium for the equally euphoric crowd watching on the Dodger Stadium video board.
The Dodgers kicked off the baseball world hours before the winner’s elimination game for both teams by announcing relief pitcher Corey Knebel would start Game 5 as Game 1 instead of Game 2 starter and the winner. of the 20 Julio Urias matches.
The opening strategy finally worked, not without some hiccups. Knebel put Dodgers fans on pins and needles as the game’s top three hitters hit the ball with exit speeds of 97.5 MPH, 104 MPH and 101.3 MPH, respectively.
Then it was Brusdar Graterol who came out of the bullpen to eliminate the Giants’ line-up at the end of the second set. After a single infield from Kris Bryant with a broken bat and a soft-touch bloop from Wilmer Flores, Graterol came out of the round unscathed, leaving Urias six fewer strikeouts.
The Dodgers finally broke through against Logan Webb in the 6e inning. Mookie Betts had a one-out single and 2020 World Series MVP Corey Seager followed with a double from the left field line for the first inning of the game.
Coming into the game, Logan Webb was a perfect 13-0 with a 1.80 ERA in the combined regular season and playoffs in 2021.
Thursday was only the fifth meeting in MLB history in a Game 5 between two teams who have both won over 100 games. This is the first time this has happened in the Division series.
Coming into the game, Urias had a 1.78 ERA in 25.1 innings out of the playoff relieving box.
Mookie Betts became the first Dodgers player to have four hits and a steal in a win-win game.
Urias now has the most strikeouts in playoff history by a player born in Mexico (49 and counting in the 6e inning).
After two long, strong strikeouts in his first two at bat, Darin Ruf hit an equalizer that traveled 452 feet.
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