By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a 5-2 deficit this week to the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS),coming out with a 6-5 and avoiding an elimination game thanks to a monster eighth inning.
The Dodgers are following the same path as they as they did last season. The fell into a 2-0 hole against the Braves and were desperate to win.
Last season we saw the same thing occur and the “Men in Blue” fought back from a 2-0 and 3-1 series deficits to win the series4-2 and head to the World Series.
This was not just any old win for Los Angeles, though. According to MLB reporter Sarah Langs, this was the 82nd time in the franchise’s playoff or postseason history that the Dodgers took a 3-run deficit into the eighth inning, but only the first time under that scenario that they’ve won.
The Dodgers got off to a quick start Tuesday afternoon, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to a home run from shortstop Corey Seager. Things looked to be going L.A.’s way, and the team held the Braves scoreless until the fourth. Walker Buehler and going up 4-2. A single in the fifth inning would drive home another run and make it a 5-2 Braves lead.
With things looking bleak and people leaving the Stadium
With two runners on base, Cody Bellinger crushed a home run into right field to score all three men and tie the game at 5. The Dodgers weren’t done, though, as right fielder Mookie Betts would bring in another run on a line drive to give Los Angeles the 6-5 lead.
“Thatt’s what Belly does,”said Mookie Betts who knocked in the winning run after the homer.
From there, the game would make its way to the top of the ninth, where the fate of the Dodgers rested on closing pitcher Kenley Jansen. Jansen quickly shut the door on Atlanta, striking out Austin Riley ,Joc Pederson and Adam Duval to end the game.
“We were dead in the water,”said Dodger skipper Dave Roberts.