The Dodger offense had been dormant in the first four games of the NLCS, but in Game 5 they hit four solo home runs en route to their way 6-4 victory over the Cardinals. The Dodgers hadn’t hit a home run all series long, but Adrian Gonzalez broke that slump with a monster solo shot in the third inning against starter Joe Kelly. He would go on to hit another solo home run in the eight inning, which proved to be crucial because the Cardinals would make a late surge in the ninth.
With the season on the line the Dodgers counted on Zack Greinke to send the series back to St. Louis for Game 6. Greinke went seven innings and allowed two earned runs, but more importantly he didn’t allow a run in the first inning after he found himself with the bases loaded and nobody out. Greinke threw 104 pitches and also knocked in a run to help his own cause in the second inning.
After Gonzalez’ shot in the third inning, the Dodgers would add a home run in the fifth inning by Carl Crawford and another one from A.J. Ellis in the seventh inning. This could be a coming out party for the Dodgers’ offense and they’ll need more of the same in Game 6 if they hope to force a Game 7. This entire series the Dodgers have struggled to score and they could have won Games 1 and 2 if they could have provided more offense, but now the focus will be on scoring some runs on Michael Wacha, who has only allowed one earned run in two postseason starts.
The good news for the Dodgers is that they’ll have their ace and the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw on the mound for Game 6. If the Dodgers can continue their offensive, they’ll force a decisive Game 7 in St. Louis.
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In case you missed it, here’s Adrian Gonzalez doing his “Mickey Mouse” celebration today.