World Series Game Five, 2020

Dodgers vs Rays, 5:08 PM PDT, TV: Fox

The Dodgers hand the ball to LHP Clayton Kershaw, who pitched wonderfully in Game One of this series, to face the Rays’ RHP Tyler Glasnow, who was Kershaw’s opponent in that game and was gone after 4 1/3 innings. He gave up six runs on just three hits while striking out eight, but he walked six. Kershaw is 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA this postseason; Glasnow is 2-2 with a 6.08 ERA.

I am not going to post video of that last play. I think I’ll be seeing it in my sleep, especially if the Dodgers don’t win this Series.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1981 In Game 5 at Dodger Stadium, Pedro Guerrero’s and Steve Yeager’s back-to-back solo home runs in the seventh inning off Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry give Los Angeles a 2-1 win, its third victory in the Fall Classic. Guerrero and Yeager, along with teammate Ron Cey, will be named as the co-recipients of the World Series MVP award.
  • 1986 One strike from defeat, the Mets tie the game on a wild pitch and then, thanks to Bill Buckner’s error, win Game 6, knotting the Fall Classic at three games apiece. This event was selected as one of baseball’s 30 most memorable moments. “If one picture is worth a thousand words, you have seen about a million words, but more than that, you have seen an absolutely bizarre finish to Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.” – Vin Scully, describing the aftermath of the play after a long silence.
  • 2005 The first World Series game ever to be played in the state of Texas proves to be memorable when Geoff Blum’s 14th inning solo home run (the 30th Major Leaguer to hit a HR in his first World Series AB) becomes the beginning of the end of the longest Fall Classic contest ever played. The 7-5 victory, which gives the White Sox a commanding 3-0 advantage over the Astros, takes 5 hours, 41 minutes to complete, with the 14 frames equaling the number of innings the Red Sox needed to beat the Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1916 series.




425 thoughts on “World Series Game Five, 2020

  1. Stephanie Apstein at SI:

    Kershaw’s postseason failures tend to fall into one of three categories: times he was not good enough, times the team asked too much of him and times he was not good enough and the team asked too much of him. Over the past half-decade or so, we have mostly seen games from the latter two buckets.

  2. Arozarena is coming up and so is Lowe. Kershaw should be done for the night. He’s done what he needed to do, getting us thru five innings with a lead.

  3. That out on the steal home was so huge! What if he’d gotten a balk called? That would have been a killer.

  4. Can the bottom of the ninth go as smoothly for the Dodgers as it has for Tampa Bay in the top of the ninth?

  5. Okay. I’m taking a little break until we are up again in the 9th. Time for two more outs please.

  6. Ironic that Doc takes Joc out for defensive purposes after Jo has made a few good plays and Taylor has made a few bad plays.

  7. Tension a little bit slower building compared to yesterday, but starting to feel it.

  8. Seager and Turner have combined for 15 of the Dodgers’ 40 hits in the series and 11 of our 25 runs scored…Bellinger’s career World Series numbers: 16 games, .119/.161/.288/.449, 27 Ks in 59 ABs (45.7 percent).

    • Bellinger does have 2 HRs and 7 RBI in the World Series, and he was platooned in 2018 as I recall. Yeah, he played just 2 games out of 5 that year against Boston: 1 for 16.

  9. Smoltz actually agreed with the decision. Let May come in with the bases empty. Margot had hit Kershaw hard, even though only one was a hit.

  10. Whatever happens next, Kershaw can hold his head up high. And that is everything to me. I feel a bit weepy, actually.

  11. Okay, if the Dodgers score two or three more runs I may change my mind and let Kersh come out for the sixth, but at the first sign of weakness I pull him. IF they score a couple or three more runs.

  12. Used to do that in LL with the throw back to the pitcher. Tried it at next level and would have been out by a mile, but bowled over the catcher. 30 feet makes a difference.

  13. A Seager walk. Could have been swing at the 3 – 0 pitch but maybe because the Dodger are working the pitcher, he didn’t.

  14. Seager mostly looking good but before that double play he had a runner on first, a 3 2 count and 12 pitches with no outs. I am relieved.

  15. Heading for the hills early. Go Blue. I will check in when and if I have the bandwidth, emotionally, figuratively, and in reality.