There have been two satisfying victories in Clayton Kershaw’s shining career: the deep victory in the World Series and the Championship ring.
He picked up the mound on Sunday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers moved, and Kershaw put his team up with an amazing performance, plus the One One exclusive delivery home will be remembered for a long time.
Now with another win, the Dodgers have won their first title since 1988.
Kershaw defeated Tampa Bay Race for the second time in six days, escaping the fourth inning jam with a quick response throw, Manuel Margot trying to steal the house, and the Dodgers won 4-2 and took a 3-2 series lead.
“Okay, this happened before me, at least once I can remember,” Kershaw said. “Carlos Gomez tried on me once in Houston. You know, I’ll work with the first basemen.”
Max Munsey looking from the start is ready.
“It was my good fortune that one or two guys broke down so I knew what to expect when he broke up,” Munsey said. “I leaned towards Kersh,” Home! Home! Home! “
Mookie Betts and Corey Caesar started the first inning of two runs, and Joe Pederson and Munsey beat long-ball victim Tyler Glasno, whose 100 mph heat burned.
After scoring two outs on two pitches in the sixth inning, Kershaw was left reeling when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts fired the 32-year-old left-hander in favor of Dustin May.
Most of the 11,437 pandemic-reduced spectators when Roberts walked to the mound were Dodgers pro-fans, well aware of what had happened to Bullpen the previous night, closely wasting Kenley Johnson’s ninth inning lead by 8-7. Loss.
Those shoes quickly turned into excitement as LA routers greeted three-time NL Sai Young Award recipient Kersha. Kershaw improved to 13-12 in the post-season play, including 4-1 this year.
May, Victor Gonzalez and Blake Trainen together for a two-hit scoreless relief. May got five outs, Gonzalez caught a pair of runners in eighth place by retiring Randy Arozarena and Brandon Lowe in the flyouts, and Trainen got three outs, becoming the fourth Dodgers pitcher with post-season savings.
“Kersh, he deserves a lot of credit for what we can do in this world series,” Trainen said. “He has a tough story. He’s a fantastic pitcher on the biggest stage.”
Margot finished ninth, but Austin Meadows was out, Joey Wendell flew in and Willie Adams was out.
Thirty of the previous 46 teams that won Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead have won titles, but only six in the last 14. The teams that squandered the 3-2 lead included the Houston Astros last year.
When Game 2 winner Blake Snell opens for Tampa Bay, Los Angeles has no clear candidate to start Game 6 on Tuesday,
Walker Buhler, a 26-year-old right-hand man who replaced Kershaw as the Dodgers Ace, is like a Hollywood underdog ready for a lead role, waiting in the wings for Game 7.
With a 175-76 regular-season record, five ERA titles and one MVP, the Kershaw Dodgers have teamed up with greats Sandy Koufox, Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hersheiser. He won the World Series openers in 2017 and again this year, but he failed in Game 5 in both 2017 and 2018 and never won the title.
Kershaw, who was pitching near his off-season home in Dallas, closed the innings with two runs and five hits, six strikes and two walks. He was 2-0 up in the series with 2.31 ERA in 15 2/3 innings at two starts with 14 strikeouts and three walks. Kershaw set a career post-season record with 207 strikeouts, two more than Justin Verlander’s previous mark.
Kershaw, who gave up a 3-0 lead, was singled out by Kevin Kiermeyer in the third over for Tampa Bay, while Andy Diaz doubled the ball and skipped the Betts and Arozarena singles below the right-field line. The 25-year-old Cuban rookie asked for the ball after his record 27th post-season hit, one more than San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval in 2014.
“I don’t have what I did in Game 1,” Kershaw said. “My slider is not so good. I’m so lucky to be there.”
After Margot went into the lead, stole the second and finished third, Kershaw escaped the first and third, no-out jam. Hunter Renfro also walked, but Wendell popped out and Adams got out.
On the plate with Kirmeyer, Margot went home as Kershaw raised both hands above his head. Most pitchers may have panicked, however, Kershaw got cold and quick out of the rubber and calmly threw to catcher Austin Burns.
Burns grabbed the ball and lowered his mit on Margot’s outstretched arm as the runner’s helmet fell off and cut his lip.
Margot went it alone, according to manager Kevin Cash, who became the first runner – up to steal a house in the series after Minnesota’s Shane Mack in Game 4 in 2001.
The roof of the Globe Life Field for Game 3 was closed on a cold, rainy night, and the visiting Dodgers broke in 10 pitches against Glasno, a 6-foot-8 right-handed batsman, he knocked down.
Glasno allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, exiting the series 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA. Two home runs increased his total to a record nine in a single season.
Betts doubled in 99 mph fastball and then made two pitches, with Caesar pulling a curve ball right into the field for a single and his 19th post-season RBI. The series entered 1932 as the only year to score four runs in a row in the first innings.
Caesar went on a wild pitch, Munsey drew his 20th walk of the post-season and after a two-out wild pitch, Cody Bellinger hit a grinder which was stopped by Lowe, who placed the second baseman on the right field grass. Caesar scored the Dodgers ’58th run of two outs this post-season and became the first player to cross every plate in the first five series since the Yankees’ Derek Jeter in 2000.
Glasno equaled the series record with two wild pitches in a 34-pitch inning and set a mark with three in the game.
Pederson hit a 428-foot opposite-field drive for a 3-0 lead on the left at the letters on fastball.
Glasgow retired eight times before Muncie finished fifth. He became the ninth Dodgers player to record Homer in the post-season, one more than the 1989 Oakland Athletics of Bosch Brothers fame.