Thursday night at Chavez Ravine saw the Dodgers‘ lineup at full strength for the first time this season, and boy, did it deliver. The Dodgers hit seven home runs, two each by Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson. Newly acquired Brian Dozier hit his second homer in as many days since joining the team. Justin Turner in his first game off the DL also joined in the fun. The team scored 21 runs total—a Dodger Stadium record. Thanks to losses by both the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles is back in sole possession of first place.
The long journey for the Dodgers that began on the fields of Camelback Ranch a little over eight months ago is finally over. And although it was a season which many fans of the club will not soon forget, the Boys in Blue will soon regroup and begin yet another ambitious quest less than four months from this autumn evening.
For Game 7 of the 2017 World Series on Wednesday evening at Dodger Stadium, skipper Dave Roberts and the management crew of the Dodgers have decided to stick with a very familiar batting order which has consistently delivered success throughout the postseason.
Before Game 6 even began on Tuesday evening, outfielder Yasiel Puig guaranteed fans of the Dodgers that there would indeed be a Game 7 on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. His promise ultimately held true, as Los Angeles held on for a 3-1 victory which tied the 2017 World Series at three games apiece.
The good news is the World Series has now shifted back to Los Angeles where the Dodgers were stellar during the regular season and have been nearly untouchable in the playoffs. The bad news is there’s no margin for error, as the Astros are just a single win away from a World Championship. On top of that, Houston is sending veteran righty Justin Verlander to the bump, who has been absolutely outstanding during the 2017 postseason.
What a roller coaster of a game. Both starters were chased early, neither getting the win. Tying homers on top of tying homers. It was the first World Series game ever with three three-or-more game tying home runs. The pitcher that Dave Roberts said was not available before the game, apparently was. And if Game 1 was an ocassion where both these pitchers pitched a tidy affair, this game was anything but. In the end, it did not finish in the Dodgers‘ favor.
One day after managing to halt all of the momentum of the Astros, the Dodgers have decided to employ the exact same batting order which served them success in Game 4, but this time Los Angeles will lineup behind resident ace Clayton Kershaw.