Dodgers defeat Giants, but lose to Braves

A Closer Look at the SoCal NorCal baseball rivalry

The Dodgers celebrate at Oracle Park with a big win over their rivals in the Bay Area (Courtesy of SportsNet LA)

Rennie Chi and Connor Cheung

After a three and half hour slugfest, the LA Dodgers crushed the hopes and dreams of the SF Giants and their 42,000 fans at Oracle Park on Thursday evening. First baseman Cody Bellinger knocked in the go-ahead run in the ninth-inning against Giants closer Camilo Doval as Max Scherzer pitched a shut out ninth. The Dodgers ($267M payroll) faced the Atlanta Braves ($147M) on Saturday with the Dodger bullpen versus Braves starter Max Fried.

On the sidelines in San Francisco was World Series champion pitcher Clayton Kershaw who left the game early on October 1 after throwing 42 pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers. After that game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was “not too optimistic” about Kershaw’s status for the postseason as Los Angeles was set to face St. Louis in the NL Wild Card Game on October 6. The 33 year old lefty from Dallas became emotional during the post-game press conference stating, “This team is special… I know that we’re going to do something special this year and I wanted to be a part of that.” A year ago, Kershaw helped the Dodgers win the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

In the NLCS the defending champions lost the series to the Atlanta Braves (2-4) as a fatigued Walker Buehler gave up a three run blast by left fielder Eddie Rosario at the bottom of the fourth in Game Six. Braves reliever Tyler Matzek shut down the Dodgers with four big outs to lead the Braves to the World Series against the Houston Astros. The Braves defeated the Astros (4-2) to win their first WS Championship title in 26 years.