A screenshot of Chase Utley’s pinch-hit two-run homer that helped the Dodgers defeat the Astros in Sport 5 of USA TODAY Sports activities’ Simulated World Sequence.(Photograph: Dynasty League Baseball)
How will this 12 months’s World Sequence play out? Utilizing the Dynasty League Baseball on-line simulation, USA TODAY Sports activities’ Steve Gardner and DLB designer Mike Cieslinski will pre-play every sport to supply some perception into the important thing matchups and technique followers can anticipate to see within the Fall Traditional.
Sport 5: Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros
HOUSTON — Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs in 7 1/Three innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers took benefit of a late meltdown by the Houston Astros bullpen to tug out a 6-Three victory in Sport 5 of USA TODAY Sports activities annual Simulated World Sequence.
Field rating:Dodgers 6, Astros Three
Houston jumped out to an early lead when Brian McCann hit a two-run homer within the second. In the meantime, Astros starter Dallas Keuchel cruised by the primary six innings — permitting solely Austin Barnes’ solo homer within the fifth.
However after Barnes doubled within the tying run within the prime of the seventh, Brad Peabad got here in to alleviate Keuchel.
Peabad’s dominance in opposition to right-handed batters throughout the common season spurred the Dodgers to pinch-hit Chase Utley for second baseman Logan Forsythe. The Silver Fox delivered with an extended fly ball down the suitable discipline line that simply cleared the wall for a go-ahead two-run homer.
Sport abstract:Play-by-play protection
From there, the Dodgers went with their strengths: Kershaw to nearer Kenley Jansen.
After a one-out single by Jose Altuve within the eighth, the Dodgers known as on Jansen for a five-out save, regardless of him pitching an inning in Sport four. He struck out Carlos Correa and retired Yuli Gurriel on a popup to finish the menace.
The Dodgers added a pair of insurance coverage runs in opposition to Astros nearer Ken Giles within the prime of the ninth to make the rating 6-2.
Jansen remained within the sport for the underside of the ninth, however he appeared to be operating on fumes. He gave up a leadoff single to Josh Reddick, hit Brian McCann with a pitch and allowed an RBI single by George Springer.
With the tying run on the plate, the Dodgers known as on Brandon Morrow to shut issues out. He bought Alex Bregman to floor right into a drive play and finish the sport.
With the victory, the Dodgers win the collection, 4 video games to at least one.
Sport 1: Dodgers 7, Astros four
Sport 2: Dodgers 2, Astros 1
Sport Three: Astros eight, Dodgers four
Sport four:Dodgers 5, Astros 1
What to look at in (the precise) Sport 5
— Aces up: With the season on the road and neither pitcher in line to begin one other sport, search for each managers to go so long as the can with their Cy Younger-winning left-handers.
Each had been as much as the duty within the simulated sport. Kershaw solely allowed the two-run homer to McCann earlier than giving method to Jansen. If he could make it into the eighth, search for the Dodgers to go on to their nearer to get the ultimate few outs.
In the meantime the Astros’ bullpen woes all through the collection will make them reluctant to tug Keuchel till it is completely essential.
— Issues with the longball: McCann’s homer was a metaphor for Kershaw’s issues in opposition to left-handed batters throughout the common season. Lefties hit .248/.275/.459 in opposition to Kershaw, in comparison with .203/.239/.331 in opposition to righties.
Kershaw additionally yielded a career-high 23 homers throughout the common season, seven of them to left-handed batters. If the Astros wish to get to him, transferring McCann a little bit increased within the order could be a very good transfer.