Kershaw has another solid outing and picks up the Game 5 W to give the Dodgers a 3-2 series lead.
By Ian Blum
After an epic Game 4 finish we were treated with a Game 1 pitching rematch. Clayton Kershaw was not nearly as strong as he was in Game 1 but he got the job done. He was able to go 5.2 allowing 2 runs on 5 hits before being pulled by Dave Roberts.
Meanwhile the Rays needed a better outing from Tyler Glasnow. He started off slow giving up 3 runs in the first 2 innings. He missed spots, and got hit hard but found a way to go 5 innings. That was important for the Rays after they used a great deal pitchers on Saturday. So while it wasn’t always pretty he handed the game to the pen only down 2.
Corey Seager has been on another planet all postseason long and he tallied another RBI when he singled home Mookie Betts in the top of the 1st. That was followed by a Bellinger single that scored Seager and after 1 inning it was 2-0 Dodgers.
In the 2nd Joc Pederson came up and did this:
The Rays got to Kershaw in the 3rd when a Yandy Diaz triple scored Kevin Kiermaier. Randy Arozarena then kept his historic postseason going with a RBI single to left that made the score 3-2 Dodgers.
And for the heck of it here is his spray chart:
Now in the 4th things got wild, again. It started with a Manuel Margot walk. He would find himself on 3rd base after stealing 2nd and an error by Chris Taylor. After Hunter Renfroe walked the Rays had men on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs.
Then this happened:
I have two thoughts here, first one being I respect this play. I love teams that are willing to put themselves out there and try to find ways to win in big games. They tried to steal a run it just didn’t work out.
My 2nd thought is that this is why Clayton Kershaw is one of the best in the game. When you watch the play you see he steps off the rubber and makes a throw to the plate instead of making a pitch. A heads up play by a veteran. It’s a small detail that makes a world of difference when a play comes down to inches.
It seemed as if the Dodgers took the momentum after that. Max Muncy, who had a monster game, confirmed it.
I give this bat drop an 8.7/10
The game tightened up after that. No runs allowed on either side despite both sides having a number of chances
The Rays bullpen allowed 0 runs with work from Loup, Castillo, Sherriff, and Thompson.
Same went for the Dodgers pen that was much improved after last night. Dustin May came out threw for 1.2 innings, followed by Victor González for 0.2 innings.
In the 9th Dave Roberts went to Blake Treinen to get the save in the 9th inning over Jansen. It proved to be a good choice as the Rays got the tying run to the plate but ultimately came up short.
For Clayton Kershaw, he had to grind out the win in Game 5 but he got it done. Something that we couldn’t always say about him. Watching an all time great literally rewrite history has been a treat. Kershaw is a great guy and he deserves all the great things he has gotten in his career.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are now 1 win away from winning their first World Series Title in 32 years.
It looks like a Game 2 pitching rematch for Game 6 Tuesday. It’ll Blake Snell going for the Rays who looked great his last time out while the Dodgers will have a bullpen day.