NLCS Recap, Sunday 10/17

Walk It Off. Sleep. Eat. Repeat!

The National League Championship Series continued at Truist Park in Atlanta as the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to square up the series after Atlanta won Game 1 in dramatic fashion on Saturday thanks to Austin Riley’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. The blue and white had to try do it without the iconic Justin Turner, who was sidelined with a neck injury.

Max Scherzer took the mound for his most important game in a Dodgers uniform as young Ian Anderson was given the nod for the NL East Champions. The drama unfolded on a beautiful night in Georgia under the October lights.

 

The Atlanta starting lineup.

 

The Dodgers starting lineup.

 

Once again, the game went to the bottom of the ninth inning—let’s get you caught up on all the action.

 

Atlanta 5, Los Angeles 4

 

The Dodgers were not playing around from the off, jumping on Anderson early with Corey Seager blasting his first home run of the postseason to give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead.

 

It was a beautiful swing from the Dodgers infielder, who is facing an uncertain future in Los Angeles.

 

Meanwhile on the mound, Mad Max looked like he was in the mood to terrorize Atlanta with a gluttony of nasty pitches, including this wicked slider to fell Saturday’s hero, Austin Riley in the second inning.

 

After allowing two baserunners in the top of the third inning, Anderson came back with his trusty changeup to strikeout Chris Taylor and keep the aggressive Dodgers hitters at bay.

 

It didn’t take long for the Atlanta lineup to backup their starting pitcher – former Dodgers hero Joc Pederson punishing his old team with a ripping homer off Scherzer to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. What a hit!

 

Pederson was dressed for the occasion of course, his glistening white pearls majestic on his jog around the bases.

 

Alex Vesia certainly match the energy and emotion inside the ballpark after striking out danger men Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies in the fifth inning after entering the game in relief of Scherzer.

 

The Dodgers continued to threaten with baserunners in the sixth and seventh inning, and finally broke through thanks to a looped two-out, two-RBI double from Chris Taylor to give them the lead.

 

The Dodgers then turned to exciting young starter, Julio Urías in the eight inning to try and close the door on any Atlanta comeback. It did not go to plan with Ozzie Albies firing an RBI single into right field.

 

Austin Riley then repeated his heroics of the night before by slashing Urias’ next pitch over Mookie Betts‘ head in center field to score Albies and tie the game.

 

Earlier in the season, Dodgers catcher Will Smith hit a home run off Atlanta closer Will Smith. In the top of the ninth inning, the pitcher got his revenge with this lovely slider for the strikeout.

 

Kenley Jansen has not looked convincing all season, however manager Dave Roberts called upon his experienced closer to try and force extra innings after Brusdar Graterol allowed the winning run to reach second base with two outs. Here’s what happened next…

 

Trea Turner couldn’t come up with the hard hit ground ball and Atlanta take a two game lead in the series. The crowd went wild and there were memorable scenes that will remain etched in the memory for some time.

 

A remarkable game. I need a stiff drink and prepare my body and mind for today’s games.

 

Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for sportbc.blog, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

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