The LA Dodgers were able to get the first win of the World Series, as they handled the Rays rather easily in Game 1.
After a thrilling Game 7 win against the Atlanta Braves, the LA Dodgers were able to take that momentum into the World Series.
With Clayton Kershaw and Tyler Glasnow on the hill, we were all expecting a great pitchers duel. To start the game, it was living up to that hype, but the Dodgers were eventually able to chase Glasnow from the game with a huge fifth inning.
The Dodgers ended up scoring four runs in the inning, which really gave them some nice breathing room for the rest of the game. For Los Angeles, Kershaw was absolutely fantastic in the win. Kershaw went six innings, allowing just one run, while striking out eight batters.
Considering Kershaw doesn’t have the greatest reputation in the postseason, he looked like the future Hall of Famer that we all know he will be in Game 1.
For the Dodgers, getting this Game 1 win is huge. Now, the Dodgers have control of the series, and they didn’t give the underdog Tampa Bay Rays any more hope.
While the pitching from Kershaw was great, the Dodgers also got a big performance from Mookie Betts, who once again had a great game in the leadoff spot. Betts went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored, and an RBI.
The deal to bring in Betts is looking like a great one for the Dodgers, as he might have been the missing piece for the team the last few years.
Now that the Dodgers have a 1-0 lead in the series, they will be looking to steal Game 2 on Wednesday night. With Walker Buehler scheduled for Game 3, a Dodgers win in Game 2 could really set up the Dodgers nicely.