After having their backs against the wall the entire series, the Dodgers found a way to overcome the Braves in Game 7 on Sunday evening, delivering a come-from-behind 4-3 victory and earning the right to represent the National League in the 2020 World Series.
With the game tied at three in the seventh inning, Cody Bellinger landed perhaps the biggest hit of the series, launching a bomb to right field that finally put the Dodgers ahead.
“Two strikes, I was in battle mode. It was one of those where as soon as I hit it, I knew I got it,” Bellinger said in the postgame.
Things started off rocky for Los Angeles after Dustin May, in a brief opener’s role, found himself struggling after walking the first two batters of the game. One batter later, Marcell Ozuna singled on a roller to left to plate Ronald Acuna Jr. for the game’s first run, but May was able to limit any further damage.
Gonsolin found himself in trouble in the fourth after a pair of walks and an Austin Riley RBI single, but Blake Treinen entered the game with nobody out and shut the Atlanta offense down after a double play that involved a rundown and a subsequent Cristian Pache groundout.
In what might have been the most pivotal moment of the game, pinch hitter Enrique Hernandez slammed the eighth pitch of his AB over the left-center field wall, tying the game at three in the sixth inning and seemingly shifting the momentum in favor of the Dodgers.
“We took care of business against the Brewers,” Hernandez said in an interview after the victory. “We took care of business against the Padres. And we took care of business against the Braves. It was a little harder than we thought it would be. But I’m glad we pulled it off.”
Julio Urias relieved Brusdar Graterol in the seventh inning and went the entire distance from there, registering his second win of the series. Urias was brilliant over his three full innings of work, allowing no hits or walks.
Corey Seager, after tallying two doubles, a whopping five homers, and 11 RBI in the series, was deservedly named the NLCS MVP.
The 2020 NL pennant is the Dodgers’ third in four years. It is the 24th in franchise history and the team’s 12th World Series appearance since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.
The Dodgers will now begin preparations for their American League counterparts, the Tampa Bay Rays.
The World Series begins on Tuesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington.