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Dodgers Break An Ugly Decades Old Playoff Streak

Glad to have this one behind us.



The outlook was bleak for the Dodgers on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles. After a hot start thanks to Corey Seager’s 2-run shot in the 1st, the offense went dead silent. That paired with an unusual postseason outing from Walker Buehler spelled disaster for a team already chasing the Braves by 2 games in the NLCS.

But the Dodgers fought and came to life in the late innings, and they needed close to every out available to them to get it done. That comeback was capped by a 3-run shot in the 8th inning by Cody Bellinger, his first longball of the 2021 postseason. 

That comeback meant a lot of things for the Dodgers, but most importantly, it kept them from needing to win-out the rest of the series. The win also broke a terrible streak that dates back far longer than any fan would like. 

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That was the 82nd time in Dodgers postseason history that they trailed b 3 or more runs in the 8th inning or later. Up until Tuesday night, they had gone 0-81 in those scenarios. It was the very first time in the history of the franchise that they came back to win under those circumstances. 

Now that we’ve gotten that one out of the way, let’s never have to do it again. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Well, as many of us here has said, putting Urias out there tonight was not a good idea….. Looks as if those of us who have never been a manager, know better than the ‘manager’.

    Down 3-0 tonight already in the top of the third, Urias not looking like his normal self…. Maybe now would be a good time to pull him to minimize the potential damage to his arm, let alone more run by ATL.

    We have the best BP in MLB, might we take advantage of it when it is most needed? Maybe Joe Kelly for x innings????

    Just sayin’…..

    Come on Dave, MANAGE.

    • Doug, I said before that as solid as the BP and overall pitching has been up to this NLCS, that we cannot expect to limit a team like the Braves to just a run or 2 each night. And in game 4 the Dodger offense laid another egg with only 4 hits in this game. And this is what I said might be this team’s downfall. And for quite a while now ,Dodger’s big time weakness against LHP has been exposed by the Braves. Sorry to say, the Dodger off season might very well begin on Friday.

    • Doug, I had written in my projected lineup obviously not to have Lux in CF, but I mentioned to start Joe Kelly and let him empty the tank…he was a starter for the Cards and has been absolutely untouchable by the Braves. Guess DR didn’t see my comment. Oh well. Win game 5 and send it back to Atlanta.

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