The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Sunday night’s Game 7. This will be the Dodgers’ third trip to the World Series in the last four years. They’re now looking for their first championship since 1988. Cody Bellinger played hero with his go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the seventh, and the Dodgers never looked back.
STRUT ON ‘EM, CODY. pic.twitter.com/083UekW8sI— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 19, 2020
It’s not a bad time to be a Los Angeles sports fan, aside from the Rams wetting the sheets on Sunday Night Football. The Dodgers grabbed the torch from the hometown Lakers. The entire Game 7 felt like destiny for the boys in blue after Braves third baseman Austin Riley committed one of the worst base running blunders we’ve ever seen. Mental mistakes like that separate the good from the great.
Atlanta had just one base runner after this blunder, so it clearly ruined more than just the fourth inning. It’s a shame that Atlanta sports can’t seem to get it right in the postseason.
Dodgers reliever Julio Urias served as the winning catalyst, going three full innings of perfect baseball. A struggling Kenley Jansen isn’t a problem when you don’t have to use him.
Outside of Bellinger’s homer, the play of the game had to be the 365-million-dollar man’s catch in right field. More highway robbery from Betts.
MOOKIE BETTS AGAIN. UNREAL CATCH! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/vXjGXlEVkb— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 19, 2020
A homerun would’ve put the Braves up 4-2 and probably shifted momentum back their way even after blunders on the bases.
The World Series starts Tuesday at 8:09 ET. Judging by the Championship Series, we’re in for another epic showdown. The low-budget Rays are officially America’s pick to face the second-highest payroll in Major League Baseball. Tampa’s stable of relievers will finally clash with Mookie Betts and the Dodgers. Can’t wait.