Powered by a three-run homer by Eddie Rosario in the fourth inning, the Atlanta Braves’ offense did just enough to defeat the Dodgers in NLCS Game 6 on Saturday and advance to the 2021 World Series.
After the Dodgers seemingly grabbed a bit of momentum in Game 3 on Tuesday, the Braves came right back in Game 4 on Wednesday to defeat Los Angeles 9-2 and take a 3-1 series lead.
The Braves walked off for the second consecutive night against the Dodgers, taking a 2-0 series lead as the action shifts back to Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Ozzie Albies blooped a one-out single into center, stole second base, and scored the game’s winning run after Austin Riley’s single to left field on Saturday, providing the Atlanta Braves with a 3-2 victory and an early 1-0 NLCS lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While there were certainly enough opportunities for the Dodgers to blow Game 4 wide open early, they did enough damage throughout the contest on Tuesday night to defeat the Giants 7-2 and force a deciding Game 5 in San Francisco on Thursday.
The Dodgers flipped the script entirely in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday night, this time using patience at the plate and some timely hitting to cruise to a 9-2 victory over the Giants.
While the lack of offense from the Dodgers came as no surprise to some Los Angeles fans, there were others who hoped that the bats would get in gear for the beginning of the NLDS against the Giants.
Seemingly benched because of his slumping bat, Chris Taylor as a late defensive replacement launched a home run to left field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to walk the Dodgers off to a 3-1 victory in the 2021 National League Wild Card game.
As it turned out, a ninth consecutive division title was not in the books for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers held up their end of the bargain by defeating the Brewers in their regular season finale, but the Giants did not give the Dodgers the help they needed to force a one-game divisional playoff.
As the regular season is winding down, there seems to be more and more to talk about with each passing day. A potential Adam Wainwright vs. Max Scherzer showdown in the National League Wildcard game. An injury that could conceivably impact the career of Clayton Kershaw. A Dodgers’ offense finally playing with a sense of urgency.