Mookie Betts joined the hit parade as the Dodgers crushed the Braves in Game 5, so don’t count out Dave Roberts team just yet
Facing elimination, Dave Robert’s team was able to force another game as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 11-2 in Game 5.
The Braves now lead 3-2 as the series shifts back to Atlanta.
After going hitless in Game 4, our MLBbro Mookie Betts went 1-for-5 at the plate with a run scored, and his teammates stepped up in a big way this game.
Trea Turner almost nails Mookie Betts in the head.#Dodgers pic.twitter.com/f8b0fllPIo
— Justin (@hobokenjustin) October 22, 2021
Going into Game 4, Betts talked about how the team needed to turn things around.
“Sometimes you don’t get hot,” he said. “ I feel like we haven’t gotten hot as a unit. It makes it really hard to win like that. We have to find a way to get hot.”
Well the Dodgers certainly found a way to get hot in this crucial game.
Chris Taylor hit a pair of two-run homers and a solo shot to propel the Dodgers offense to a key victory.
“I don’t know…. I never look cool doing anything!” – Chris Taylor on his curtain call
We beg to differ, CT3! You look cool hitting homers!!!! pic.twitter.com/qNjenhnvdZ
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 22, 2021
He finished the game with four hits (three home runs) and six RBI.
The Dodgers knew what was at stake going into Game 5 and did not want their season to end just yet.
Unlike Game 4, they dominated throughout the game both on offense and defense.
Even though the Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead to start the game, the Dodgers quickly responded and never looked back.
Seven players in the Dodgers lineup all had hits and five of them had multiple hits. This Dodgers offense has been one of the best all season and that’s a big reason why they are still playing right now.
With Betts being the leadoff hitter on a loaded team, he’s in a good position to give that team the spark they need, especially when the bats aren’t hot.
He’s been a spark all postseason and the few games he hasn’t, his teammates have had his back.
Dave Roberts had faith in his team coming into this game despite facing elimination and they certainly did not disappoint him.
One thing about the Dodgers is that they have multiple weapons on offense and on the mound and can beat you in many ways.
If one player is struggling, you better believe that another player is going to step up.
This is now seven consecutive elimination games that the Dodgers have won.
“I guess when our backs are against the wall we play our best and fight,” Roberts said after the game. “It’s not an ideal spot to be in, even right now, an elimination game on Game 6, but I guess it brings out the best of us.”
Dave Roberts discusses calling in Andy Burns to replace Justin Turner and the mentality of the #Dodgers heading into a must-win Game 5 vs. the Braves. pic.twitter.com/CnznhbqrNB
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 21, 2021
Now it’s on to Game 6 of this exciting series. These two teams will square off on Saturday, October 23rd at 5:08 p.m. EST.