(East Los Angeles, CA) October 22, 2021 [From The Editor’s Desk]: On a night that became historic, Chris “CT-3” Taylor, put on a power-hitting display that lighted up the Dodger Stadium scoreboard like a winning slot-machine pull, “winner, winner, winner!!” Everything was in perfect alignment and smiles, high-fives, and even hugs, were everywhere. There was also a kinetic synergy that filled the Stadium and was very palpable for the 51,000+ fans who attended the game. And once again, with their strong vocal support and Big Blue enthusiastic rally towel-whirling and twirling, the Dodgers managed to climb back into contention for the final 2 games of the NLCS, with an (11-2) drubbing of the Braves. The series now returns to Atlanta and stands at (3-2) in their favor.
No doubt the Player of the Game honors went to CT-3, for his gigantic and super-heroic performance with his bat. His game stat-line (4-5/3 Home Runs/6 RBIs/3 Runs) is one that many fans have not witnessed that often under these play-off circumstances, and certainly, one that baseball writers do not report on in a routine manner. But when good vibrations, along with good emotions, are being evoked with good fortunes happening for your “underdog” Wild Card team, there is every reason for you to be happy, joyful, and extremely proud of your City of the Angels, and your Los Angeles Dodgers.
Due to the (17) hit outburst in the game, it was clear that the home team would dominate this victory, making it a great game for the fans to watch and cheer to their hearts delight. Let’s take a quick look at the accompanying player stats that produced this crucial win: AJ Pollock, (3-5/2 Home Runs/4 RBIs/3 Runs); Trae Turner (3-4/1 RBI/1 Run); Cody Bellinger (3-4); Albert Pujols (2-4/2 Runs); Corey Seager (1-5/1 Run); and Mookie Betts (1-5/1 Run). Now, may the Dodgers, aka the Big Blue Wrecking Crew, just get into their laser-beamed focus and keep their “eyes on the prize.” And, if they are successful in doing it, everything will go well in Atlanta and they’ll have greatly earned their trip to defend their World Series Championship.
On the pitching side, Joe Kelly was removed with an injury in the 1st after he was chosen to start by Mgr. Dave Roberts. But the damage to him had been done when Freddie Freeman laid into one of his pitches and he clouted it into deep right with Eddie Rosario on base. And once again, the Braves scored first on their special diet of 2-run homers that have marked this series from both sides. Due to the pulling of Kelly, the Dodgers’ “6 Strong” bullpen was then scrambled by Dave Roberts to pitch in the following rotation: Evan Phillips, Alex Vesia, Brusdar Graterol, Blake Treinen, Corey Knebel and Kenley Jansen who combined to allow just three hits the rest of the way. Phillips got the win.
In their half of the 2nd, the Dodgers bats re-awoke and the home run derby was about to begin. The rest of the game would belong to history and the record books of Major League Baseball. It of course would belong to the memories of the fans who were their to witness history as it was being made.
And thus, we move to the next game and the next part of this unbelievable baseball encounter that stretched from Atlanta to L.A. and now back to the ATL. Don’t forget that you can capture the enthusiasm and unique game environment by making it out to Dodger Stadium to watch these final two-games. We believe that a Game 7 will be necessary, and not if necessary. Let’s Go Dodgers y ¡Sí Se Puede!