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After being the hero in Game 3, leading his team to a 6-5 victory, Mookie Betts was held hitless in Game 4 as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 9-2 to the Atlanta Braves.
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If it wasn’t for Betts’ clutch hit in Game 3, this series would have been over and the Braves would be on their way to the World Series.
Mookie Betts does it again!
Dodgers take a 6-5 lead!
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But that’s not the case.
Betts has been on fire during the postseason, but the Braves held him hitless at the plate for the second time during the series.
Now the Dodgers have their backs against the wall as they trail the Braves 3-1 in the National League Championship Series.
Our MLBbro finished Game 4 going 0-4 at the plate with a strikeout. It was a tough outing for the Dodgers leadoff hitter and he just could not find his rhythm at the plate.
This is one of the few games that Betts has struggled in this postseason.
He’s been one of the hottest hitters for his team, batting .412 with five RBIs and a home run this postseason.
But Mookie knows a thing or two about inspiring playoff comebacks and rallies.
Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, left, celebrates with outfielder Mookie Betts after hitting a three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning in game five of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park in Houston. pic.twitter.com/YpO6OC7bsw
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The Dodgers will have to win three straight in order to advance to the World Series and look to win their second straight title.
It won’t be an easy task for the Dodgers, but this team has been in this situation before.
In the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers won Game 5 to advance to the NLCS.
‘Mookie Magic’ came through in that game going 4-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.
Look for more of that magic in Game 5 from Betts as he’ll look to keep his team alive in the series.
These two teams played in last season’s NLCS and the Braves won three out of the first four games.
This year, the Braves have done the same thing. Atlanta dominated throughout the entirety of Game 4.
“I think they just outplayed us in all facets,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the game.
The Dodgers will face Max Fried in Game 5 and Roberts knows it’s going to be a battle.
“Not gonna be much tougher than facing Max Fried in an elimination game, but we’ve done it before,” he said.
The Dodgers are no strangers to win or go home games and this is what postseason baseball is all about.
Can Roberts and his squad pull off what they did in last year’s playoffs? Though it will be a difficult task, the Dodgers have the team to do it.
Game 6 will be held at Dodger Stadium today at 8:08 p.m. EST
MLBbro Lorenzo Cain made his first playoff appearance since 2019 as the Milwaukee Brewers took on the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Cain is looking to win his second World Series title and help the Milwaukee Brewers win their first. The Milwaukee Braves last won the World Series in 1957.
The Brewers were able to come away with a 2-1 victory, but it wasn’t easy.
Cain got the start in center field for Milwaukee and delivered the team’s first hit which came in the bottom of the third inning off of Charlie Morton.
First hit of the NLDS belongs to Lorenzo Cain!
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His single to right field ignited the Brewers’ offense which came alive during the seventh inning.
Milwaukee scored two runs in the seventh and were able to hold on to the lead throughout the game.
Cain finished the game going 1-for-3 and played a solid center field.
In his last playoff appearance back in 2019, he only appeared in one game and went 1-for-4 against the Washington Nationals.
This postseason, Cain will most likely appear in more games and it’s a plus that he’s back to full health after battling with multiple injuries during the regular season.
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There was a point during the season where Cain’s availability was up in the air. But this brother is a competitor and is going to do whatever it takes to get on that field and put his team in the best position to win games.
Milwaukee is two wins away from advancing to the National League Championship Series and Game 2 will be Saturday with a 5:07 p.m. ET start.
Look for Cain to continue to have success at the plate this series and provide a spark for the Brewers.
Happy Birthday to #MLBbro Markus Lynn “Mookie” Betts who turned 29 years young today. The Dodgers superstar is also the most popular player in MLB, leading in jersey sales for 2021.