Dodgers finally get another ring


Charley Lockwood-Powell

The Los Angeles Dodgers faced off against the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2020 World Series

Charley Lockwood-Powell, Staff Writer

2020 has been a huge question mark in the sports world, but that did not stop the MLB from having a close to normal post-season. This year was the traditional postseason but it was played without fans in attendance. When the divisional title rolled around they finally let fans in with a limited capacity. The Los Angeles Dodgers came into the season hungry for revenge. After news broke about the Astros cheating in the 2017 World Series, the Dodgers knew that they had to get back and prove themselves, and they did.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays were the final teams standing in the 2020 postseason, and it was a back and forth series. In game one of the World Series, the Dodgers claimed the first victory with an 8-3 win over the Rays.The outstanding pitching performance from Clayton Kershaw helped the Dodgers ease past the Rays in game one. In game two, the Rays evened the odds and tied the series 1-1 with a 6-4 win. Game two for the Dodgers was considered to be a “Bullpen Day,” where the pitchers used in the game were out of the bullpen and the pitchers only went two innings max. The Rays power hitters had no problem taking advantage of their bullpen, raking up 10 hits and six runs. 

Game three once again had the Dodgers taking the win over the Rays, this time with a score of 6-2. The win was backed by Walker Buehler’s gem, where he got through six innings, allowing three hits and striking out 10. The Dodgers had the hot hand during their third game raking up 10 hits while scoring six runs.This win from the Dodgers was a huge momentum boost because that meant they were two wins away from a World Series title. Game four, as you could guess, went to the Rays, tying the series at 2 a piece. This was a barn burner and went down to the wire at the end. Going into the ninth inning, the Rays were down 7-6 and  they scored two runs in walkoff fashion in order to take down the Dodgers and go to a 2-2 series.

Game five of the World Series was also a close game but most of the work was done in the beginning of the game, where the Dodgers scored three out of their four runs in the first two innings. In this game, Clayton Kershaw had another great performance on the mound, getting through five and two thirds innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out six. Tyler Glassnow, a flame throwing right hander, could not find the zone in game five and when he did the Dodgers made him pay. Glasnow gave up six hits alongside three walks in five innings, giving the Dodgers the upper-hand with a 3-2 series lead. 

Game six of the World Series was a good one. This was another bullpen day for the Dodgers and the Rays had ace Blake Snell on the mound. Now the Dodgers wanted to win this game, but they knew Snell was on the mound and if they happened to lose this one, they had their ace Walker Buehler for game seven. That was not the case, the bullpen only allowed five hits and one run throughout the whole game. In the sixth inning the Rays made a questionable call by bringing Snell out of the game in the sixth after only giving up his second hit of the game. This would evidently bring the Rays’ season to a close. Later in the eighth inning Mookie Betts hit a solo homerun to cap off the game and eventually end the series. Corey Seager was named World Series MVP after hitting .400, slapping two home runs and five RBIs, while playing shortstop. This capped off an incredible run for the Dodgers, and they finally got their 7th ring after being close for so many years in a row.