▶ Bellinger hit a reversing home run in the 7th NLCS
Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger is roaring after hitting a solo home run in the 7th round of the National League Championship Series in the US Pro Baseball National League Championship series held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on the 19th (Korean time).
The Los Angeles Dodgers dramatically win a ticket to the World Series (WS).
The Dodgers, who had been pushed down to 1-3 in the American Professional Baseball (MLB) National League Championship Series (NLCS, 4 wins) against the Atlanta Braves, advanced to the WS by winning games 5, 6 and 7.
The match in the 7th game, which confirmed the match for the WS, was also dramatic.
The Dodgers defeated Atlanta 4-3 in the 7th game of the NLCS at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on the 19th (Korean time).
Enrique Hernandez, who appeared as a pinch-hit at the end of the sixth inning, lagging behind by 2-3, struck a 157km/h fastball from Atlanta left-hander AJ Minter’s 8th pitch, and burst a tie solo that crossed the wall in the middle of the left.
At the end of the 7th inning against 3-3, in a situation where there were no runners, Cody Bellinger shot a dominant reversal solo for right-hander Chris Martin’s 8th pitch 151km/h sinker.
This was the first time the Dodgers went ahead.
The Dodgers confirmed the WS match by blocking 3 innings with no hits and no runs through Julio Urias, who started in the 7th inning.
▶ Happy Dodgers Squad
Los Angeles Dodgers players are delighted in front of Dougout after Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run in the 7th inning in the 7th leg of the American Pro Baseball National League Championship Series held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on the 19th (Korean time).
The first point was chosen by Atlanta.
In Atlanta, Marcel Osuna hit the left-handed strike at the first and second bases, which he gained from two walks in the first inning, and scored one first.
In the second inning, Danceby Swanson hit a solo shooter.
At the end of the 3rd inning, the Dodgers scored 2-2 with Will Smith hitting a heavy hitter at 2nd and 3rd base.
Atlanta took the lead again, 3-2, with Austin Riley’s heavy hitting in the 4th inning.
After that, Blake Trinen’s explosive blow gave him the chance to be safe at second and third base.
However, he did not get any extra points due to a fatal base base mistake.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who catches Atlanta’s Nick Mackayes’ ground ball, drove third base runner Swanson into a rundown, then fell and tagged out. And he even caught Riley, the second base runner who turned around and headed to third base.
Dodgers right fielder Muki Betz jumped in front of the fence to catch Freddie Freeman’s home run batting in the first in the fifth inning.
Overcoming the risk of additional concessions, the Dodgers overturned the game with Hernandez in the 6th and Bellinger’s solo gun in the 7th, and succeeded in advancing to the WS.
Until this day, only 13 cases (15%) of the team that were on the verge of being eliminated from the 87 series of MLB postseasons played on a 4 wins of 7 matches were on the verge of being eliminated with 1 win and 3 losses.
No. 74 (85%) was 3 wins and 1 loss, and the leading team went on to the next round.
In 2016, the Chicago Cubs were dragged to the Cleveland Indians by 1-3, winning 4-3 and breaking the’curse of the goat’ in the recent ‘1-3 defeat.
The Dodgers won the 5th, 6th and 7th games again after 4 years in MLB, and produced a famous scene that reversed the series game.
▶NLCS Best Player Corey Seeger
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seeger is receiving the Series Best Player Award after the 7th round of the National League Championship series against the Atlanta Braves held at Globelife Field in Arlington, Texas on the 19th (Korean time).
The best NLCS player was Dodgers shortstop Cory Seeger.
Seeger scored 9 hits in 29 at-bats (0.310 batting average), 5 home runs and 11 RBIs in 7 NLCS games. Five home runs and 11 RBIs are the highest records in NLCS history.
The Dodgers recorded the highest win rate among 30 clubs with 43-17 losses (0.717 win rate) in this year’s regular season.
The WS opponent, which will be held at Globe Life Field from the 21st, is the Tampa Bay race, which took the highest win rate in the American League (40-20, 0.667).
The Dodgers aim to win the WS in 32 years since 1988. The Dodgers knelt to the Houston Astros in the 2017 WS and the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 WS.
Founded in 1998, Tampa Bay is challenging to win the first ever WS. Tampa Bay will step on the WS stage in 12 years since 2008.
▶ Choi Ji-won, the first Korean hitter to enter the world series
For domestic fans, the concern is whether Choi is the first Korean batter to enter the WS, and whether he is active.
Only Choi has never faced the Dodgers this year. Personal career performance against the Dodgers is 4 hits in 16 at-bats (0.250 batting average), 1 home run, and 3 RBIs.