The LA Dodgers came into Game 3 of the 2020 NLCS needing a win against the Atlanta Braves. LA came to play and wasted no time putting up runs. The bats were on fire early for the Dodgers, and they took a commanding lead early in the game and never looked back.
LA did something that no team had done before during the postseason.
The Dodgers have dominated during the 2020 playoffs
Coming into the playoffs, the Dodgers were the top overall seed. The Dodgers put together an impressive regular season where they dominated at the plate and on the mound. When the Dodgers acquired Mookie Betts, it was evident that they wanted to compete for a World Series title. LA has many players on the team with a lot of playoff experience, and they know how to win games.
During the NL Wild Card Series, the Dodgers took on the Milwaukee Brewers and defeated them 2-0. In the first game, the Dodgers won 4-2, and in the second game, they shut out the Brewers 3-0. The Dodgers only needed two games to get past the Brewers and advance to the NL Division Series.
In the NLDS, the Dodgers took on the San Diego Padres, one of the hottest teams in baseball. But San Diego’s luck ran out against the Dodgers. LA swept the Padres 3-0 to continue their dominance during the playoffs.
The Dodgers facing a tough opponent in the NLCS
The Dodgers once again find themselves playing in the NLCS. This time they’re taking on the Atlanta Braves, who have been one of the hottest teams in baseball. The Braves quickly took control of the series as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Dodgers. LA did not lose a game in the playoffs until the series against the Braves.
The Dodgers suffered a big blow in Game 2 when starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw was scratched from the game due to back spasms. Tony Gonsolin started in place of Kershaw, and the Braves were able to win a close game with the final score 8-7. The Dodgers quickly found themselves in a hole during the series and needed to win Game 3.
The Dodgers made history in the postseason
LA knew what was at stake in Game 3, and they did not waste any time with the Braves. In the first inning, the Dodgers scored 11 runs to start the game. The Dodgers hit three home runs in the first inning and batted around. Max Muncy’s grand slam gave the Dodgers their 11th run, and that was a postseason record. Jeff Passan of ESPN noted that no team has ever scored that many runs in a single inning during the playoffs.
After their big first inning, the Dodgers scored one run in the second and three runs in the third and went on to defeat the Braves 15-3. The Dodgers had 16 hits, and Corey Seager led the way with three hits himself. The bats came alive at the right time for the Dodgers, and they have a lot of momentum going into Game 4 after that big win. Now the series is 2-1, and this is going to be an exciting one to watch.