Some fans have called it inconsistent. Others have called it erratic. Some have even referred to it as being schizophrenic. Either way, the offense of the Dodgers hit Atlanta righty Kyle Wright like a freight train in the first inning of Game 3 on Wednesday, ultimately narrowing the Braves’ series lead to one game.
The action got off to a quick start as a Mookie Betts grounder was fielded brilliantly by Atlanta third baseman Johan Camargo, initially robbing Betts of a single that the instant replay booth eventually overturned. One pitch later, Corey Seager, who prior to Game 3 has been one of the lone bright spots on offense, smashed a double to left and plated Betts, giving the Dodgers their first lead of the entire series.
From there, Los Angeles was off to the races in what would be an inning for the MLB record books.
Following a pair of Justin Turner and Max Muncy groundouts, the Dodgers orchestrated one of the most impressive two-out rallies the postseason has ever seen. After Seager scored on a Will Smith double to center, Cody Bellinger walked. Next, Joc Pederson and Edwin Rios launched back-to-back homers that each travelled more than 400 feet.
At that point, the Dodgers led 6-0, but they were not anywhere near finished.
Chris Taylor and Betts walked consecutively, followed by a Seager single that scored Taylor. Turner was hit by a pitch on the foot, which loaded the bases for Muncy, who subsequently smashed a 435-foot grand slam to right-center field.
After the smoke cleared on the top of the first, the Dodgers led 11-0, sending 14 men to the plate in a half inning that took 32 minutes to complete.
From that moment on, the Dodgers continued to rewrite MLB playoff history.
Wright recorded just two outs after surrendering seven earned runs on five hits and two walks. He was replaced by former Dodger Grant Dayton, who allowed eight earned runs on eight hits and a walk before being succeeded by Huascar Ynoa in the third.
Atlanta almost posed a rally of their own in the bottom of the first, but Bellinger robbed Ozzie Albies of a three-run shot that was reminiscent of his web gem against the Padres in Game 2 of the NLDS.
The Braves finally got on the board in the bottom of the third after a Cristian Pache solo shot to left that cut the Los Angeles lead to 14.
At the end of the 15-3 victory, Pederson led the way for the Dodgers with four hits. Seager ended his day with three base knocks before being replaced in the fifth inning, just a triple shy of the cycle. Muncy and Bellinger added two hits apiece.
Collectively, the Dodgers combined for a total of five home runs.
Pitching-wise, starter Julio Urias registered the win for the Dodgers. He lasted five full innings on 101 pitches, surrendering one earned run on three hits and one walk with five punchouts. Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez and Alex Wood put together scoreless sixth, seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Adam Kolarek threw the ninth, allowing two earned runs on three hits.
With Atlanta’s second turn as the home club, the series continues with Game 4 on Thursday evening.
First pitch is slated for 8:08 p.m. Eastern time.