SAN FRANCISCO -- Throughout his life, being a dominant presence at the plate is really all Cody Bellinger has ever known.
Bellinger famously helped his team reach the Little League World Series in 2007. He continued that success in high school, becoming a highly-touted prospect. Bellinger had the choice of
Evan Longoria's fifth-inning homer off Max Scherzer stood as the only run Monday night as 15 mph wind gusts knocked down what Gavin Lux thought was a tying home run in the ninth and helped put the Dodgers on the brink of postseason elimination.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are walking off to San Francisco.Chris Taylor played the hero at Chavez Ravine on Wednesday, hitting a walk-off two-run homer off Alex Reyes to lift L.A. past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in the National League wild-card game.
Taylor-made ending. pic.twitter.com/sQviI5S0fr— MLB (@MLB) October 7, 2021
Taylor hit just the fifth walk-off homer in a winner-take-all postseason game, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
1960 (WS Game 7)
1976 (ALCS Game 5)
2003 (ALCS Game 7)
2016 (AL WC Game)
2021 (NL WC Game)
The tense wild-card game featured brilliant pitching from both sides, and it was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Cody Bellinger set up Taylor's homer by working a two-out walk and then stealing second base moments before the blast.With the victory, L.A. advances to face the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS beginning Friday at Oracle Park. The Dodgers won 106 games during the season, but they were forced into the wild-card game when San Francisco narrowly beat them for the division crown with a franchise-record 107 victories.
Dodgers/Giants will be:- 1st-ever postseason series between 105+ win teams (there's also never been a regular-season game b/w 105+ win teams)- 213 combined regular-season wins, most in any postseason series all-time— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 7, 2021
Although the longtime rivals have met twice for the NL pennant in regular-season tiebreaker games, this will mark their first playoff series during MLB's modern era. The lone postseason meeting of any kind between the historic franchises came in the 1889 World Series, when the then-New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Bridegrooms - champions of the American Association - six games to three.For the Cardinals, it's a bitter end to a memorable late-season run for Mike Shildt's club. St. Louis reached the wild-card game thanks to a team-record 17-game win streak, and the Cardinals received a solid performance from veteran starter Adam Wainwright in Wednesday's game.
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