DODGERS 4, BRAVES 3; DODGERS ADVANCE TO THE 2013 NLCS
In one of the most amazing come-from-behind Dodgers playoff victories that I've ever seen (besides that one, of course), the Dodgers turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning due to the incredible exploits of Juan Uribe, who knocked a HR to left field.
That was the dagger. And with that dagger comes a pass to the NLCS, where we will face either Pittsburgh or St. Louis. The Dodgers are the first team to advance past the NLDS this October.
Clayton Kershaw started on short rest and gave up 2 R but 0 ER in a 6.0 IP performance (1 BB, 6 Ks). Adrian Gonzalez obliged on both of the Dodgers' errors (one fielding, one throwing), to give the Braves their two runs, which matched the two runs that two solo shots from Carl Crawford gave for the Dodgers.
In the top of the seventh, Ronald Belisario came in and got the first out on a comebacker, but then gave up a triple to right (exacerbated by Yasiel Puig's fielding slide that passed by the ball's carom), and an RBI single to PH Jose Constanza, before getting yanked.
With the Dodgers down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Puig redeemed himself with a leadoff double, and Uribe came up and started bunting his way into a 0-2 hole, despite loud boos from the crowd on the managerial misstep. When finally allowed to swing away, Uribe hit that game-winning HR to left (scoring Puig). Kenley Jansen closed out the ninth by striking out the side, and we're moving on.
A glorious win for the Dodgers tonight. I'll have to write up my perspectives of the game, but for now I've gotta revel in this victory myself. In the meantime, let's celebrate our victory--GO DODGERS!
Uribear GIF via Chad Moriyama