The Dodgers’ short ball attack gave Los Angeles a 2-1 series lead.

ARLINGTON, Texas – Austin Barnes clobbered around and dropped an exquisite bunt to round Cody Bellinger at the top of number four. After two innings, he rolled a slider over the plate and put it into the bullpen in left-center field. Barnes is a career backup catcher who was left out of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ postson roster last year. He batted ninth in Friday’s Game 3, a 6–1 final win over the Tampa Bay Rays, 2–1, and appeared in the lineup largely due to his rapport with pitcher Walker Buehler. . And yet he became only the second player in World Series history to drive in a run with a sacrifice bunt and a home run in another.

A ball from his bat moved at a speed of 4 feet and 35 mph. The other traveled 425 feet and traveled 104 mph. Together, they served as an exaggerated representation to separate the 2020 Dodgers and could eventually make them champions for the first time in 32 years – beating their opponents in any way they can.

This is not always the case. The Dodgers of recent years were hampered by crimes that often went cold when they rose at stake in October; Struggled to adapt to a higher level of pitching and at times seemed to have to sit back and wait for a home run that would not come. These dodgers seem different.

“It’s not about running the ball,” said Mookie Bates, the man who set the tone for a change in approach. “We have proven that we can do that, and we have proved that we can take our singles as well. There is a time and a place to do both. I think we have done a good job of shore up pride. Have done. ” Putting the long ball to the side and playing pepper. Sometimes the way to play the game. ”

The Dodgers, who have spent the last 18 days playing out of a huge globe life field, scored five runs within the first four innings of Charlie Morton, who entered the postseason innings of 25eason with a 0.70 ERA, which he threw to Ray. . Barnes Homer marked the Dodgers for the fifth time with two outs and two strikes, giving him 50 runs with two outs and 36 with two postcards.

It began with Justin Turner, who hit a two-out, 1-2 fastball in the first inning and hit it for his 11th career posters homer, tying Duke Snyder for the most in franchise history. With two outsiders in the third, Corey Seeger was hit by a pitch, with Turner doubling on a 2-2 Kyrball and Max Muncy both of them from a line-drive single with a 3-2 cutter on the right-center field kicked out. After squeezing Barnes’ safety – the third sacrifice division by either team – Bates put a 3-2 sinker back in the middle for another 2-RBI.

“From top to bottom, we’re doing little things,” said Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor. “We’re taking what they give us. It’s not all for the long ball. Obviously with our hitter, we’re running in a doubles. But I think we’re taking our singles and Working on count, getting people on base. More consistently. ”

This is obvious, even at a loss. Like Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, when he hit a four-run ninth inning and made a stunning comeback within 90 feet. Or Game 2 of the World Series, when they went through the first four innings without getting hit, going from fifth to top and trailing 5–0, still limiting Blake Snell to 14 outs to bat three times. Brought up the running. In the eighth. These Dodgers are equal parts patient, resourceful and tireless, traits that have become more pronounced with each passing round.

Take a look at the postseason numbers of recent years:

2017: .242 / .338 / .448, 23.0%, 11.2 BB%
2018: .205 / .299 / .344, 27.6 K%, 10.7 BB%
2019: .220 / .303 / .428, 32.8%, 10.3 BB%
2020: .253 / .353 / .463, 24.3%, 12.3 BB%

And the percentage of postmen they run through homers:

2017: 46.3%
2018: 54.2%
2019: 59.1%
2020: 43.7%

And how he did with the runners in scoring position in October:

2017: .726 OPS
2018: .657 Ops
2019: .691 O.P.S.
2020: .878 O.P.S.

“Staying within myself, knowing how good the next guy is, and not having the pressure to do so,” Barnes said has made the Dodgers better in those situations. “Passing the baton, and when you get that pitch, hit it.”

The Dodgers have adjusted well this month. During their 43-17 regular season, they finished second in their percentage of runs, which came via homer and were seen in 25th – one-dimensional struggles in this round of looks per year. Characteristics of teams. However, Turner talked about how these Dodgers are better than manufacturing runs and Bates compared him to the 2018 Boston Red Sox team that was particularly adept at grinding bats-in. Then the playoffs came, the stakes increased and they proved to be right.

Barnes ‘sacrifice bunt caught everyone’s attention, but the Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts was impressed by Caesar in the ninth, his team hit the bases with five runs, on the 10th pitch of an AA-bat, to the reliever Shane McClyhan . .

It can be boring, but it can also be that the Dodgers eventually become champions.

Roberts said, “I think it’s more than just a fundamental philosophy of trying to grind, win the pitch and push the ball forward, beat the innings if we need to and if needed Try to shorten your swings. ” “It’s something for us as a group from years of experience in the postseason, when you walk in the 1s and 2s – these guys are going to make good pitches, quality pitches. To be able to use the other side . Fields, to shorten his swing, give himself a better chance – to the credit of the hitting coach, he has done so. ”


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