Last night was nerve-racking.
I am a big Los Angeles Dodgers fan and last night was the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series (NLDS). They won the game 4-3 thanks to a huge 7th inning scoring outburst and some creative and risky pitching moves.
Rich Hill, the starter for the Dodgers, lasted 2 2/3 innings on short rest and gave up one run. Joe Blanton and Julio Urias relieved him to get through the 6th inning. Then, the 7th inning happened.
With Max Scherzer dealing for the Washington Nationals, hopes for the Dodgers looked grim even though they were only down one run. But on the first pitch in the top of the 7th inning, Joc Pederson hits a solo HR to even the score at one all. (And thankfully Scherzer is pulled). After it is all said and done, the Dodgers explode for 4 runs in the inning and lead 4-1!!! To the bottom of the 7th we go…
A walk and and pinch-hit 2-run HR gets the Nationals back in it with a score of 4-3. So, with no outs, the top of the lineup coming up, manager Dave Roberts calls in his closer Kenley Jansen to stop the bleeding.
And does Jansen ever rise to the occasion. He pitches 2 1/3 innings of beautiful baseball, recording the most outs of his career and a career-high 51 pitches. But, he too gets in trouble and runs out of gas in the bottom of the 9th inning.
In comes Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw had pitched two days ago (on only 3 days rest in the Game 4 win), but records the two biggest outs of his career against the heart of the Nats’ lineup to send the Dodgers to the NLCS!!!!!
It was one of the craziest baseball games that I have ever seen and epitomizes the notion that nothing is wilder than playoff baseball.
Now let’s see if we can’t beat the Chicago Cubs and then win the World Series for the first time since 1988. GO DODGERS!!!