RECAP: Dodgers Fire On All Cylinders In Game 1 World Series Victory Over Rays

Photo Credit: Boston Globe

POST-GAME BRIEFING

The Dodgers took Game 1 of the World Series behind an exceptional start from their oft-maligned-in-the-postseason ace, Clayton Kershaw. His impressive start, coupled with a strong showing from the Dodgers offense, secured their 10th win (out of a needed 13) of the 2020 postseason, 8-3. After a wobbly first inning, Kershaw had the Rays hitters struggling to hit off of his stuff, going six full innings, allowing one run and notching eight strikeouts. The only blemish on his outstanding outing was a solo home run from Rays hitter Kevin Kiermaier in the fifth. Dylan Floro faltered picking up for Kershaw in the seventh, giving up two runs, but Despite the shaky outing from Dylan Floro who gave up 2 runs in the 7th inning, but strong performances from Victor Gonzalez, Pedro Baez, and Joe Kelly closed out the game and the victory.

Cody Bellinger opened up the scoring for the Dodgers with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. After the Rays cut that lead in half, the Dodgers bats exploded, knocking in four runs in the fifth (off the bats of Chris Taylor, Will Smith, and Enrique Hernandez) and two more in the sixth. Mookie Betts had a particularly impressive night, going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.

SCORING PLAYS

  • BOT 4th: Cody Bellinger 2-run home run (2-0)
  • TOP 5th: Kevin Kiermaier solo home run (2-1)
  • BOT 5th: Max Muncy reaches on fielder’s choice (3-1)
  • BOT 5th: Will Smith RBI single (4-1)
  • BOT 5th: Chris Taylor RBI single (5-1)
  • BOT 5th: Enrique Hernandez RBI single (6-1)
  • BOT 6th: Mookie Betts solo home run (7-1)
  • BOT 6th: Max Muncy RBI double (8-1)
  • TOP 7th: Mike Brosseau RBI single (8-2)
  • TOP 7th: Kevin Kiermaier RBI single (8-3)

DLD PLAY OF THE GAME

Play of the game goes to Cody Bellinger, whose two-run shot helped give the Dodgers the early lead that they never surrendered.

DLD PLAYER OF THE GAME

Player of the game goes to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who turned in an absolutely dominant performance.

UP NEXT

The Dodgers will look to make it two in a row behind Game 2 starter Tony Gonsolin (0-1, 9.95 ERA) tomorrow night at 5:08 pm on FOX. The Rays hope to tie the Series at 1-1 with Blake Snell (2-2, 3.20 ERA) on the mound.

Jacob Cisneros is a writer for Dodgers-LowDown. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @_JacobCisneros

Amanda Powers is an editor and writer for DLD. She’s been a Kershaw stan since 2008. Follow her on Twitter @geekpowers