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Dodgers Advance to the NLDS in Big Win Over Brewers
By Khari Jones, Jr., Contributing Writer
Published October 2, 2020

Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts scored a double RBI in Game 2 of their Wild Card series (Robert Torrence/L.A. Sentinel)

The Dodgers swept the Brewers and advanced to the next round. Again their pitching was ecstatic and it started with Clayton Kershaw having a historic night. He had a career-high thirteen strikeouts through eight innings. His team was thrilled to see Kershaw come through big time for the team. He silenced the doubters and had the biggest game of his career. “This was great. Got the postseason off to a good start. We get to move on. Now we get to get going.” 

It was obvious Kershaw wanted to change the narrative of his history in the postseason. Dave Roberts said there is always going to be talk about Kershaw’s past in the playoffs but he is focused on right now. He mentioned all he can control is his preparation, enjoy tonight and get ready for his start in the DS and not worry about anything else.

Clayton Kershaw pitched for eight innings (Robert Torrence/L.A. Sentinel)

Brewers Pitcher Brandon Woodruff and Kershaw were dominating all game until the Dodgers broke away and took the lead. They were shut for four innings until a big hit from Mookie Betts. Betts gave credit to Kershaw. “I got to give credit to Kershaw. What he did was pretty spectacular. He gave us all the opportunities in the world to capitalize and you can’t ask for any more than what he did today.” 

Betts came to Los Angeles to spend the rest of his career here for moments like this. He had a great game for Dodgers as well, Betts hit a did double that led to two runs that took the game 3-0. Afterwards, he stood on second base and did a dance because he knew that was key turning point in the game. 

Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich at bat (Robert Torrence/L.A. Sentinel)

Catcher Austin Barnes said “Mookie got the big hit for us that gave us some breathing room. That was a big inning for us.” Betts is making a huge contribution for the Dodgers and Kershaw emphasizes he will be a huge part of them winning moving forward. “We haven’t won in the past, hopefully this year will be different, and Mookie will be a big part of it.”

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The Dodgers are a tested team with players that know how to win in the postseason, they just have to get over the hump, says Barnes. Dodgers have two wins down and 11 to go to win the World Series title. They will travel to Texas, and find out who they will face tonight between the Cardinals and Padres.

Dodgers general manager Dave Roberts (center) watches the game from the dugout (Robert Torrence/L.A. Sentinel)

Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts at bat (Robert Torrence/L.A. Sentinel)

Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia at bat (Robert Torrence/L.A. Sentinel)

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