- Atlanta looks to close out the series at home
- Dodgers scored 11 runs in game five to prevent Atlanta from celebrating on their home field
- Did the Dodgers swing momentum enough to force a game seven
The Atlanta Braves had a chance to close out the NLCS in Los Angeles and give themselves a few days off before facing an American League winner in the World Series, but Chris Taylor and the Los Angeles Dodgers had different plans. The Dodgers had an offensive explosion, outscoring the Braves 11-2 to send this game back to Atlanta for a game six and potentially a game seven.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves Schedule
- Where: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
- When: Saturday, October 23, 5:08 PM EST
- How to Watch: TBS
Dodgers vs Braves Vegas Odds
The Defending Champs Aren’t Done Yet
The Los Angeles Dodgers won their second win or go home elimination game of the 2021 postseason, and will have to win two more just for a World Series berth. The Dodgers offense decided that they wanted to keep playing instead of packing it up for the season. The Dodgers were down 2-0 after the first inning, but that didn’t deter them, as they answered right back in the bottom of the second inning. AJ Pollock started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run. Chris Taylor, the star of the game, added a two-run home run, scoring Albert Pujols, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead after two innings.
The bats were quiet for the Dodgers until the bottom of the fifth inning when Chris Taylor again hit a two-run home run, scoring Pujols, again, giving the Dodgers a 6-2 lead. In the bottom of the seventh inning, you guessed it, Chris Taylor hit another home run, a solo shot this time, giving the Dodgers a 7-2 lead. The Dodgers then proceeded to put across four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Trea Turner started by singling to left field scoring Mookie Betts. AJ Pollock, who started the scoring in the second inning also ended the scoring by hitting a three-run home run to deep left-center field to give the Dodgers 11 runs for the game.
The workhorse is taking the mound for game six in Atlanta, as Max Scherzer will make his fifth appearance of the postseason. In his previous four appearances, Scherzer has a 0-1 record with a 2.16 ERA over 16.2 innings pitched while striking out 23. In Scherzer’s one appearance against the Braves, on October 17, hit pitched 4.1 innings allowing two runs on four hits and striking out seven.
Sometimes Goodbye Is A Second Chance
The Atlanta Braves have played their final game in Dodger Stadium for the year, and Saturday’s game will be their second chance to move on to the World Series, for the first time since 1999. The Braves scored two runs in the top of the first inning when Freddie Freeman hit a two-run home run to deep center field, a no doubt about it shot, to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, after that, the Dodgers scored 11 unanswered runs, and the Braves offense could only muster three more hits the rest of the game.
The Braves 23-year-old right-hander, Ian Anderson will take the mound for the third time this season in an attempt to send the Dodgers home for the season. In his previous two appearances this postseason, Anderson has posted a 1-0 record with a 2.25 ERA over eight innings pitched while striking out eight. On October 17, Anderson pitched against the Dodgers. In that game, he only lasted three innings allowing two runs on two hits and struck out two.
MLB Expert Game Picks
The Atlanta Braves had their chance to send the Los Angeles Dodgers home for the season and to clinch a World Series berth. Instead, the Dodgers offense exploded for eleven runs and the momentum is completely in the Dodgers’ favor. Look for the defending champs to win game six and to force a game seven.
Dodgers 6 – Braves 4
- Dodgers win
- Dodgers (-1.5)
- Over (8)