Hits Walk-off Hr, Dodgers Beat Cards 3-1

Hits Walk-off Hr, Dodgers Beat Cards 3-1


Chris Taylor hit a tiebreaking, -run homer withinside the backside of the 9th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers beyond the St. Louis Cardinals three-1 Wednesday night time withinside the NL wild-card sport.

The 106-win Dodgers are superior to a best-of-5 NL Division Series in opposition to the rival Giants. Game 1 is Friday nighttime in San Francisco.

The sellout crowd of 53,193 held on each pitch because of the anxiety of a tie sport was constructed from the fourth inning on. Fans waved blue towels, futilely urging out the few balls released into the outfield most effective to look them stuck in a winner-take-all matchup among of the maximum storied and a success National League franchises.

Cody Bellinger drew a -out stroll from T.J. McFarland and stole 2nd withinside the 9th, whilst almost every fan become on their feet, ready to look if the protecting World Series champions may want to pull off a win. Alex Reyes got here in to stand Taylor, who despatched a 2-1 pitch into the left-subject pavilion, triggering an explosion of cheers.

Tommy Edman dropped a one-out unmarried into proper off nearer Kenley Jansen withinside the pinnacle of the 9th and stole 2nd. Paul Goldschmidt took a known 0.33 strike and Tyler O'Neill went down swinging to stop the threat.

Both groups had runners on withinside the sixth, 7th, and 8th innings, however couldn’t push a run across.

Max Scherzer struggled with their manage early in only the second one winner-take-all sport in postseason records with beginning pitchers elderly 37-plus.

They issued walks apiece via the primary 3 innings. Scherzer's wild pitch brought about a run withinside the first and he hit Harrison Bader with withinside the fourth.

Justin Turner tied it at 1 withinside the fourth on a leadoff solo shot into the Dodgers bullpen in left. It becomes the primary homer Wainwright has ever given up on a curveball withinside the postseason. Turner’s thirteen postseason homers are the maximum in franchise records.

St. Louis led 1-zero whilst Edman scored on Scherzer’s wild pitch. Edman singled main off, stole 2nd base, and took 0.33 whilst O’Neill fouled out to proper.

Scherzer left with one out withinside the 5th after giving up a leadoff unmarried to Edman and a stroll to Goldschmidt. He paced the dugout together along with his palms on his hips. Former Cardinal Joe Kelly was given out of the jam after Goldschmidt reached 0.33 on Kelly's wild pitch.

Scherzer allowed one run and 3 hits, struck out 4, and walked 3 in opposition to his fatherland team.

Wainwright gave up one run and 4 hits in five 1/three innings. He struck out 5 and walked.

The Dodgers had Wainwright at the ropes withinside the 0.33, loading the bases with one out. He become inside one ball of taking walks withinside the tying run earlier than Trea Turner broke his bat grounding into an inning-finishing double play on a three-2 pitch.

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