Bullpen Dodgers’ booster helps send them to NLDS – Press Enterprise

LOS ANGELES – Chris Taylor’s career has taken a hit. It’s hard enough to unleash the cheerful match noise of Dodger Stadium for the first time since the first game of the 2019 National League Division Series.

It’s hard enough to justify Max Scherzer’s prediction that it would end exactly this way, that Cody Bellinger would plot a ninth inning outing and bury Alex Reyes’ slider Taylor in the left-field bleachers.

“I thought (Albert) Pujols was going to be a big hit,” Justin Turner, the third baseman, said later, and almost did.

The point is, the main people in the Dodgers’ lair knew that it was going to end on the ninth, and in that regard, how it was going to end.

Taylor’s two-stroke shot finally knocked out the Cardinals, with a 3-1 score, in one of the most exciting games of any kind the Dodgers have played in the Guggenheim era.

“I think we got them a little nervous,” said Adam Wainwright, the primary bowler for the Cardinals. “But they were relentless. They were who they were.”

However, there was a calling card that landed even more aggressively, and it should have reverberated throughout the Bay Area, as the Dodgers and Giants gear up for the Best of Five Gold Series that begins Friday night in San Francisco.

The real message of this victory is that Dodgers are playing with a couple of full decks in their bull game these days, and those who assume they can still hang out to the end and watch Dodgers fester may unfortunately be wrong.

This game wasn’t meant to be a task of mitigators, not Max Scherzer’s performance. But Scherzer was all over the place in his 4-1/3 innings, throwing 94 throws and watching manager Dave Roberts come off with a hook.

Roberts extended his right hand and quickly realized the ball wouldn’t be put in it. Instead, he shook his right hand and snatched the ball off Scherzer’s glove.

I went to a better place.

Joe Kelly had two runs in fifth and Paul Goldschmidt was stranded in third base. Brusdar Graterol faced four hitters and returned to the dugout in five pitches, gaining three grounds and holding his stuff at 100mph.

Blake Trinin, not used to getting five, did. It was uphill, as Nolan Arenado had to debut with Tyler O’Neal in second. Cory Nebel, who was once a nuclear closer in Milwaukee, beat Harrison Bader by two for eighth.

It all led to Kenley Jansen, who hit the side for ninth. Tommy Edman, who played a great game at both ends for the Cardinals, took his third hit and stole a base in the ninth, but Jansen encouraged Goldschmidt and then fired a fastball at 94 mph that O’Neill waved at. You could hear him pop Will Smith’s glove at Eagle Rock.

“In terms of having a lot of neutral guys, then, yeah, it’s probably as good as we had,” Roberts said, referring to the homers who don’t mind which side of the board the hitter is on.

“They’ve been our backbone all year,” said Justin Turner. “I thought Max did a great job fighting tonight, and then the guys came in and did what they always do.”

Roberts mixed up a few rosters because this was a win-win situation or stay-at-home situation. He left David Price off the list and thought he might have to use Julio Urreas. Instead, Urias was a fan and can now run Game 2 in San Francisco without a problem Saturday night. Walker Buehler is a rookie for Game 1 on Friday night, and Scherzer could return for Game 3 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

This is what they basically wanted.

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