Brooke Lemke – 23 Sports

After three games, the Los Angeles Dodgers are ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series Race two games to one. Both teams proved themselves with the power in their bats.

In Game One of the series, Cody Bellinger sparked the momentum for the Dodgers in the fourth with a two-run shot. Bellinger’s home run came two days after he dislocated his right shoulder celebrating his go-ahead run in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series on Sunday. 

Clayton Kershaw started on the hill for the Dodgers in the first game. Kershaw threw his 200th career postseason strikeout, which came in the top of the fifth inning. In the top of the fifth, Kershaw also gave up a solo homerun to Kevin Kiermaier to make the score 2-1 after the top of the inning.

The Dodgers rallied back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs. They added two more in the bottom of the sixth after a one-two-three inning in the top, making the score 8-1. The Rays answered back in the top of the seventh off of two RBI singles. Ultimately, the Dodgers won Game 1 of the series 8-3.

Tony Gonsolin struggled in his pitching for the Dodgers in his second game start. Brandon Lowe homered in the first inning off Gonsolin. In the top of the fourth, with two on and two out, Joey Wendle earned a double off a ball hit to the gap in right center, and both runs scored to give the Rays a 3-0 lead. Lowe hit his second home run of the night in the fifth, a two-run shot giving the Rays a 5-0 lead. Lowe’s two-run homer marked the Rays 28th home run of the 2020 postseason, which gave them the edge over the Houston Astros for earning the most home runs in a single postseason, which was set at 27 home runs in 2017.

The Dodgers answered back in the bottom of the fifth with two runs. After a two-out walk, Chris Taylor hit a two-run shot to give LA their first runs of the night. Tampa earned one run in the sixth, and the Dodgers earned one more in the bottom of the eighth but were shut down by the Rays pitching power. The Rays tied the series with their 6-4 win in Game Two.

The Dodgers set the pace for Game Three of the series. Justin Turner delivered a solo home run in the first inning to start out the night. In the third inning, Max Muncy scored two runs on an RBI single into center, making the lead 3-0 for the Dodgers. LA struck again in the fourth, adding two more to their lead.

Manuel Margot gave the Rays their first hit of the night in the fifth inning. Willy Adames brought him home to put Tampa Bay on the board. The Rays only managed to score one additional run coming in the bottom of the ninth off of Randy Arozarena. The key player to help the Dodgers with their 6-2 victory was pitcher Walker Beuhler, who threw 10 strikeouts on the night. 

The World Series action for the Dodgers and Rays will continue with Game Four on Saturday, Oct. 24. Ryan Yarbrough is set to start for the Rays making his second appearance of the postseason. He is set to face off against Julio Urias. Currently after three games, the Dodgers are ahead 2-1 and hope to add to their lead in Game Four.

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