The Los Angeles Dodgers are a complete team. That much should go without saying at this stage. They have consistently been there in the postseason over the course of the last few seasons, though they have fallen short of the World Series crown they so desperately crave. Despite those facts, however, they do have a feared name as far as the offensive side of things is concerned. That reared its head in Game 1 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Tampa starter Tyler Glasnow, who eventually was outdueled by Clayton Kershaw’s sterling performance, started out just fine. But it all collapsed in the ‘middle’ innings as the Dodgers got two each in the fourth and sixth and dropped a four-spot in the fifth inning to break the game open. Cody Bellinger started it off with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Though they were pegged back one the next frame, they grabbed four more as a number of hits drove in various Dodgers. Mookie Betts then hit a solo shot in the sixth to further extend the pain for the Rays. A couple of runs for Tampa in the top of the seventh was all they could muster, seeing the score end at 8-3 and handing the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the series thus far. Game 2 will be on Wednesday night.