When all hope was lost in Los Angeles, Chris Taylor became the newest Dodgers hero, launching a walk-off, two-run home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1 on Wednesday.
Postseason Adam Wainwright once again shined bright, throwing 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, silencing the Dodger offense, but only got one run of support from his offense.
The Cardinals had a chance to make an early statement in the first inning against Dodgers starter and trade deadline acquisition Max Scherzer. However, Mad Max allowed just one run, limiting the damage and his pitch count in the process.
Los Angeles’s runs came exclusively from the long ball as a Justin Turner solo homer in the fourth inning and the aforementioned Chris Taylor walk-off.
Taylor had struggled at the plate coming into Wednesday, in the midst of an 8-for-72 slump. That didn’t matter as a breaking pitch from Alex Reyes sailed deep into the Chavez Ravine night.
St. Louis kept itself in the game thanks to some big time defensive plays from Tommy Edman and Paul DeJong to name a few.
Unfortunately, the Cards, despite a 17-game winning streak to get them into the postseason, didn’t have enough in the tank to dethrone the reigning champs.
Los Angeles now heads to San Francisco for a date with the Giants in the NLDS, their first-ever postseason meeting.
The bitter NL West rivals have the highest combined wins of any postseason matchup in MLB history, and this is the first time two 105+ win teams have faced off in a postseason series.
If there’s any team that can match up well against the Dodgers, it’s the Giants, who won the season series, 10-9, and looked to be their equals and then some in 2021.
We’ll see what happens this coming weekend when one of the most anticipated postseason series in recent memory begins.