The Los Angeles Dodgers Quest for World Series Glory continues as LA sweeps the San Diego Padres in three games to advance to the NLCS. This is the Dodgers third NLCS in four years. They’ll face off against the Atlanta Braves in a best of seven series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were hit hard in the 2020 offseason, not by free-agent departures, not by injuries, but scandal. Instead, the news of the Houston Astros Sign-Stealing as well as the Boston Red Sox similar efforts rocked the baseball world. The last two World Series appearances for LA were against Houston and Boston, and a feeling of rage whipped through California.
The Dodgers weren’t just ready for the 2020 season, they were foaming at the mouth to leave no doubt in their dominance. The goal for the 2020 season was clear: WIN THE WORLD SERIES.
And now, they’re four games away from playing for the chance at getting what should have been theirs in 2017 and 2018.
The Dodgers looked evenly matched up against the Padres as their first game remained tied at 1-1, going into the bottom of the 6th. It was at that point, that the Dodger offense woke up, scoring six runs against Garrett Richards, Matt Strahm, and Craig Stammen. The Dodgers took the first game 5-1, and then looked to Clayton Kershaw to give them a commanding 2-0 series lead.
If you’re thinking of a Kershaw implosion, you’re more than likely thinking of a postseason home run he gave up. Kershaw has a problem with the longball. If this series went the distance, he’d more than likely have started two games. against a power swinging team.
In their only meeting of the shortened 2020 season, the Dads touched up the Dodger Ace for three earned runs, with Trent Grisham sending one over the wall.
With the Padres within a run, the Dodgers got to Drew Pomeranz distancing themselves from Slam Diego. And despite a rough 9th inning from Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers survived. One more win and they would punch their tickets to the NLCS.
Game 3 was over seemingly before it began, as the Dodger offense broke the game open with a 5-run 3rd inning. By the end of the 5th, LA had a six-run lead. San Diego’s fate was sealed, and the Dodgers took Game 3 with a final score of 12-3.
The Dodgers and their fans have been waiting all year for this next series, and already have their eyes on the horizon. With World Series aspirations the Dodgers have only one hurdle left: the Atlanta Braves. Can they finish the job? We’ll find out soon enough.