In a game that went wire to wire and it was tied for most of the game, the Los Angeles Dodgers came out on top to advance to the National League Division Series. They will face their Division Rival… the San Francisco Giants.
From top to bottom, this game was an epic battle from both sides. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Dodgers outfielder Chris Taylor came up to bat against Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes with Cody Bellinger on second and hit a two-run home run to send Los Angeles to the NLDS.
“I was like a little kid running around the bases,” said Taylor. “Pure excitement, I don’t even know what I did.”
St. Louis drew first blood in the first inning when a Max Scherzer pitch got by catcher Will Smith and scored Tommy Edman. The Cardinals had the 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth inning.
Justin Turner hit a 401-foot home run to left field off Adam Wainwright to tie the game. The two teams were held scoreless until Taylor’s heroics in the ninth inning. Taylor didn’t start the game and eventually joined the lineup in the ninth spot. He finished 1-for-2 with the critical walk-off.
The Dodgers now need to turn their heads as they will face the Giants.
“It’s what baseball wants, Giants-Dodgers, one of the best rivalries in sports, and it’s here,” said Dodgers managers Dave Roberts.
“That’s gonna be fun. Yeah, two of the best regular-season records of all time. We’ve been battling all year, so I expect a hard-fought series,” Taylor said. “Honestly, I was just trying to hit a single. Not trying to do too much, and he gave me a good slider to hit, and I was able to get it up in the air.”
Cardinals: Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in mid-February.
Dodgers: Open the best-of-five NLDS at San Francisco on Friday. They were 9-10 against the Giants this season.
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