The LA Dodgers were able to win a crucial Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead against the Tampa Rays in the World Series.
After a heart-breaking loss in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays, the LA Dodgers bounced back with a win in Game 5.
With the series being tied up at 2-2, winning Game 5 was crucial for both teams. Having the edge in the series is always important, and the Dodgers now have that once again. In the win, the Dodgers once again got a strong performance from their future Hall-of-Famer, Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw has been very good in the postseason so far, and he continued that in the Game 5 win. Kershaw ended up going 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, five hits, two walks, and struck out six batters.
For a guy who doesn’t have the greatest reputation in the postseason, Kershaw has been great for the Dodgers in the playoffs this season. In addition to Kershaw, the Dodgers got a strong performance from their bullpen, as Dustin May came on after and pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings in relief.
After May and Kershaw, the Dodgers went with Victor Gonzalez in the eighth and then Blake Treinen to close it out in the ninth. While the pitching was very strong for the Dodgers, they also got some help from their lineup.
The Dodgers used their powerful lineup to help get them the lead in this game, as Joc Pederson and Max Muncy both hit home runs. With it being a low-scoring game, the home runs for the Dodgers were timely.
With a 3-2 lead in the series, the Dodgers will be looking to secure the World Series on Tuesday night. As a team that has played a lot of big postseason games in recent years, hopefully the moment isn’t too big for them.