The Los Angeles Dodgers won a huge game four to even the World Series at two games apiece. Now, the Dodgers are exactly where they need to be.
It’s okay, you can breathe now. The Los Angeles Dodgers won an extremely tense game four, 6-2, to even the World Series at two games. Alex Wood took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the Dodgers found themselves on the losing end following a George Springer home run. Luckily, finally, the Dodger bats got hot late in the game to win the contest.
It took the Dodgers until the ninth inning to take the first lead against the Astros in Houston this postseason. Corey Seager led things off with a hard single that beat the shift, Justin Turner walked and a slumping Cody Bellinger came up with his second clutch double of the game. An Austin Barnes sac fly and Joc Pederson home run gave LA a five-run lead.
The Dodgers are in prime position to win two more games after handing Houston their first home loss this postseason. Although the fans likely do not feel the same way, the playing field may now be leaning in the Dodgers’ favor.
First and foremost, the best pitcher on Earth Clayton Kershaw is taking the mound in game five. Playoff Kershaw seems to be gone *knock on wood* as Kershaw threw seven innings allowing just one with 11 strikeouts in game one. Houston has struggled against left-handers this series and what better left-hander to call on than Kershaw?
The bats are still a concern, but there were leaps made during game four. The biggest leap is indeed Cody Bellinger, who took the monkey off his back. Bellinger registered that lucrative first career World Series hit and followed it up with another double.
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Like we saw with George Springer in game two, this could be the catalyst for Bellinger to have a big ending to the rest of the series. Los Angeles is bound to get hot, especially with the bats of Chris Taylor, Seager, Turner and Yasiel Puig.
Plus, a game four win guaranteed that the series will return to Los Angeles. The worst case scenario now is that the Dodgers will head back to LA needing to win two. That is more than doable. Houston handed the Dodgers their only home loss this postseason in game two; a game the Dodgers arguably should have won.
Sure, Houston does have Dallas Kuechel, Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers going forward. But with two lefties and Alex Wood now available in relief for game seven, the Dodgers’ pitching staff is looking strong.
While a 2-2 series is not the most mouthwatering set, it is a great place to be for Los Angeles. A 3-1 deficit would have been possible, but definitely would have been a difficult task. However, now with the Series tied at two, the series is a best two out of three. The Boys in Blue look ready to win their final two games of the season.