Kiké Hernandez described a scene Saturday that suggests the Dodgers were strong and ready to continue their return to NLCS.
Music, dancing and shouting all contributed to the joy of the club. Hernandez, a traditional infielder, said it was the energy he had seen from his teammates before a daily game in his six seasons with the Dodgers.
“We’ve done something good now,” Hernandez said.
Then Game 6 started, and Walker Buehler helped keep the game going. Burning six right-handed shots, the Dodgers beat the Braves 3-1 at the Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, to set up a win-win Sunday night.
Courageously, for the first time since 1999 trying to reach the World Series, after two straight losses there is movement against them. The Dodgers, trying to get their third refugee in four years, will become the 14th team in MLB postseason history (out of 88) to pass a 3-1 deficit at least 3-1 if they finish their return.
Buehler, who was dealing with blister problems, was welcomed, but Brace ace Max Fried, who allowed three runs in the first half and then the Dodgers to finish seventh.
Blake Treinen, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen were late for the Dodgers midfield after Buehler was sent off on 84 pitches. The right allowed seven hits and six hits. Jansen was the second direct direct mirror, after struggling at the start of this past season. Joc Pederson’s swimming court assisted on Austin Riley’s drive line from the left field.
The Braves woke up twice against Treinen in the seventh round of Ronald Acuna Jr.’s RBI. But Treinen reduced the damage, leaving the Dodgers lead at 3-1.
Corey Seager continued his post-season hat-trick by hanging a curveball from Fried in the first half inside the dirty-right-field class to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Homer was the Fifth Seager in the series, setting up an NLCS record. The RBI was the Seager 15th last season, which set a Dodgers record.
Before the start was over, the Dodgers added two more runs: Justin Turner was home to Seager and Cody Bellinger walked after Max Muncy and Will Smith singled out an RBI stroke singer.
Braves manager Brian Snitker started the kick-off action in the first half, but Fried survived and continued the 6 ₃ / ings pace, allowing eight shots and four marches with six strikers. The Dodgers did not run on a regular basis after the first round.
Buehler’s best work came in the second, after the Braves moved their bases with someone to sing alongside Travis d’Arnaud, Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson. But Riley hit 99mph in fastball and Nick Markakis stopped the strike in the third before Buehler fired retired Cristian Pache on the ground.
The Braves had other chances soon against Buehler, but were unable to save the run at the base. In the fifth, with Freddie Freeman on the first base, Marcell Ozuna hit a drive to the right that Mookie Betts hit a corner to end the round. Betts danced after his last defensive goal from the field – the night before he had taken Swanson’s shot just a few inches from the grass and turned it into a double-edged sword that prevented the Braves from running.
In the fourth, d’Arnaud and Swanson were one-on-one, but Buehler Riley and Markakis retired in a row to run.