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The National League Division Series came down to a Game 5 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and their in-state rivals, the San Francisco Giants. With the series tied 2-2, it was win-or-go-home for the two California teams.
Corey Seager put the Dodgers up in the sixth, hitting a double to bring in Mookie Betts and break the goose egg, 1-0. Then at the bottom of the sixth inning, Darin Ruf launched a Julio Urias pitch 452 feet down the middle of the field, splitting Oracle Park as it soared, and keeping the Giants in the contest, 1-1.
The night neared extra-inning territory as both teams remained tied heading into the ninth. Against the Cardinals, the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hit a 2-run, walk-off home run to move onto the Giants. On Thursday, Cody Bellinger shook off his regular season slump with a decisive RBI single that brought in Justin Turner from second base — giving the Dodgers a one-run lead over San Francisco. Dodgers’ Max Scherzer helped close out the night with two consecutive strikeouts, including a hotly contested checked swing by Wilmer Flores.
“It’s just a disappointing way to end,” commented Giants manager Gabe Kapler. “There are more reasons we didn’t win though than that.”
On Saturday, the Dodgers will travel to SunTrust Park to face off against Max Fried, Freddie Freeman and the Braves in Game 1.
Bellinger gave his thoughts on the upcoming National League Championship Series.
“It’s not gonna be easy. Max Fried is really good,” Bellinger said. “We’ve faced him a few times and we’re just gonna have to continue to play our game and be in the moment and not try to do too much and just try to do anything we can to win.”
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