Dodgers — Chris Taylor hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the lower part of the 10th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday night in the NL special case game.
The 106-win Dodgers progressed to a best-of-five NL Division Series against the opponent Giants. Game 1 is Friday night in San Francisco.
The sellout horde of 53,193 held tight every pitch as the strain of an undecided outcome worked from the fourth inning on. Fans waved blue towels, needlessly encouraging out the couple of balls dispatched into the outfield just to see them trapped in a champ bring home all the glory matchup between two of the most celebrated and effective National League establishments.
Cody Bellinger drew a two-out stroll from T.J. McFarland and took second in the 10th, when practically every fan was on their feet, standing by to check whether the guarding World Series champions could pull off a success. Alex Reyes came in to confront Taylor, who sent a 2-1 pitch into the left-field structure, setting off a blast of cheers.
Tommy Edman dumped a one out single into directly off nearer Kenley Jansen in the highest point of the 10th and took second. Paul Goldschmidt took a called third strike and Tyler O’Neill fought ’til the end to end the danger.
The two groups had sprinters on in the 6th, seventh and eighth innings, yet couldn’t push a stumble into.
Dueling pros Adam Wainwright of St. Louis and the Dodgers’ Max Scherzer battled with their control from the get-go in the subsequent champ bring home all the glory game in postseason history with two beginning pitchers matured 37 or more. Wainwright is 40; Scherzer is 37.
They gave two strolls each through the initial three innings. Scherzer’s wild contribute prompted a run the first and he hit Harrison Bader in the fourth.
Justin Turner tied it at 1 in the fourth on a leadoff solo shot into the Dodgers warm up area in left. It was the main homer Wainwright has at any time ever up on a curve in the postseason. Turner’s 13 postseason homers are the most in establishment history.
St. Louis drove 1-0 when Edman scored on Scherzer’s wild pitch. Edman singled initiating, took a respectable halfway point and took third when O’Neill fouled out to right.
Scherzer left with one out in the fifth in the wake of surrendering a leadoff single to Edman and a stroll to Goldschmidt. He paced the burrow with his hands on his hips. Previous Cardinal Joe Kelly escaped the jam after Goldschmidt arrived at third on Kelly’s wild pitch.
Scherzer permitted one run and three hits, struck out four and strolled three against his old neighborhood group.
Wainwright surrendered one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and strolled two.
The Dodgers had Wainwright on the ropes in the third, stacking the bases with one out. He was inside one chunk of strolling in the tying run before Trea Turner broke his bat establishing into an inning-finishing twofold play on a 3-2 pitch.
Cardinals: Pitchers and catchers report for spring preparing in mid-February.
Dodgers: Open the best-of-five NLDS against San Francisco on Friday. They were 9-10 against the Giants this season.