Arlington, Texas – Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts – Los Angeles Dodgers Stars all shone.
Although the setting is surreal, there is nothing in common.
The best team of baseball in the pandemic-brief season showcased its talent in the first World Series game played at neutral, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 on Tuesday night.
With seats largely vacant, Kershaw dominated for six innings, with Bellinger and Betts Homer and the Dodgers chasing down a wild Tyler Glasno in the fifth inning to take home the opener.
The coronavirus was limited to 11,388 at the Texas Rangers’ new $ 1.2 billion home globe life field, making it the smallest baseball event in 111 years.
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Los Angeles has been hoping to go home with the title escaping the Dodgers since 1988, but has tried to be careful not to move on.
“It simply came to our notice then. It’s hard to think of what it would be like, “said Kershaw. “Keep it in your mind constantly: Tomorrow, win tomorrow, win tomorrow, win tomorrow. And then you do it three more times, you can think of everything you want. ”
A regular seasoned star with a post-season history, Kershaw looked like an ace who often plays on Midsummer evenings with the San Gabriel Mountains behind him at Dodger Stadium. As these games change, the 32-year-old left-hander is not far from his off-season home in Dallas.
The three-time Sai Young Award recipient allowed one run and two hits, scored eight runs and walked one. He has induced 19 swings and misses in his 78 pitches – more than a combination of his previous three series.
“Every time he’s done you can appreciate and fully see why he goes to the Hall of Fame one day,” said race manager Kevin Cash.
Kershaw threw nine balls first, when he caught a pair of runners, and then threw just nine balls in three innings.
“He had a game plan to try to be really quiet from there and he was hanged,” Kevin Kirmeyer said, ending Kershaw’s 13th streak, reducing the beams deficit to 2-1 in the slider hanging with the fifth innings homer who retired in a row.
Kershaw, a five-time ERA champion, improved 2-2 in the World Series and 12-12 in the post-season play, a shadow of his 175-76 regular season record. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did not pitch him after Game 4 in the NL Championship Series last Thursday.
“I think we’ve gotten away from him in Game 7 for this particular reason,” Roberts said.
Game 2 Wednesday night. The Dodgers, who posted the best record of the Majors in a short season and showed all their stars in Game 1, are planning to throw away the Tony Gonzolin-started pitcher collection against Race Ace Blake Snell.
The 2019 NL MVP, who started the opener with a career, finished fourth in the World Series with a batting average of 114. Glasno finished second with a two-run homer, while the Dodgers had no trouble driving the 98 mph pitch right-middle bullpen.
Bellinger, who placed the Dodgers in front of a seventh inning homer in Game 7 of the NL Championship on Sunday, moved his feet, gently pressing as he crossed the plate and celebrating by tapping his toes. His right shoulder two nights ago.
Bellinger jumped over a 6-foot center field wall in the ninth part of his evening and robbed Austin Meadows of a home run.
“I said today before the game: I’m not going to touch anyone’s hand if I hit one,” Bellinger said. “I’m going straight, and it’s so much fun.”
Betts, who was stunning throughout October, but retreating at the plate, added his first post-season homer for the Dodgers, an anti-field solo shot right into Josh Fleming’s sixth.
Bets scored two hits, two runs and stole two bases in the fifth over, finishing fifth from the 1912 New York Giants against Bori as the first team to steal three bases in an Los Angeles series inning. .
“This is the weakest point of my game, having runners,” Glasno said. “I need to focus more on the future.”
Betts became the first player to hit a home run, steal two bases and score twice in a series game.
“Stolen bases are one thing for me. I know how to create runs and create havoc on baseways, ”he said.
Los Angeles has been in the series for the third time in four years, but is seeking its first title 32 years ago from a team led by Kirk Gibson- and Orel Hersheiser. The Dodgers, who started the extraordinary LCS games in seven consecutive days, planned an All-Bulpen outing for the next game.
Tampa Bay went for six hits. Its previous series was a five-game defeat to Philadelphia in 2008.
Glasno chased after 4 1/3 innings, which included three hits, six runs, six walks and eight strikeouts. He threw the highest number of 112 pitches in his career and became the first man to walk six or more in a series game after Edwin Jackson of St. Louis in Game 4 of 2011. Glasno went for a three-ball count on 12 of 23 batters.
Los Angeles extended their lead to 4-1 in the fifth, leaving Cash Glasno to face left-handed Max Mansi with runners in the corners. Munsey hit a hopper to first baseman Andy Diaz with Infield, and Betts hit a strong but slightly offline throw with head first slide past catcher Mike Junino.
Will Smith finished Glasno with an RBI singles, and Chris Taylor and pinch-hitter Kike Hernandez with a run-scoring singles lead to a 6-1 lead over Ryan Yarbro.
Justin Turner and Max Munsey doubled on pitches in sixth place respectively.
Pinch-hitter Mike Brosso and Kirmeyer scored on Victor Gonzalez in the seventh, who plundered Junino’s line drive and doubled Brosso from second base for an innings-ending double play.
After a normal season of playing without fans, MLB Globe Life resumed limited ticket sales for NLCS and continued it by allowing 28% capacity at the 40,518-seat ballpark with the roof open. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the spectators have been widely scattered since 10,535 people attended Game 6 between the Pirates and the Tigers in 1909 at Bennett Park in Detroit.
A large number of fans wore Dodger Blue.
“They are everywhere. They always come out, ”Kershaw said. “So chanting at Dodger Stadium and 56,000, after everything that ended this season, is a game we like to have 10-, 11,000 people on the stands and a good bit of them. It’s great to be a Dodger fan.”
Kershaw increased his career post-season total to 201 strikeouts, second only to John Smoltz (199) behind Justin Verlander’s 205.
Snell, who bowled 42 pitches over two innings, lost Game 6 against Houston on Friday. The Dodgers said they went for the empty-bullpen game rather than using Walker Buhler for a three-day break.