The Dodgers broke out in a big way in game 3 of the NLCS. Powered by a record-setting first inning, LA made a statement with 15 runs (!) on Wednesday night, with just about everyone getting in on the action (sorry, Chris Taylor).
A wild 11-run inning. pic.twitter.com/E8Jhc95pln
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 15, 2020
While everyone contributed to the scoring in some way, the hitting star of the night might just be Joc Pederson. The much-maligned outfielder struggled with the bat while dealing with family issues along the way to turn in the worst season of his 6-year career. But, as we’ve seen so often in the past, October tends to be a new ballgame for Pederson.
With 4 hits in game 3, the Joctober tradition continued. Pederson ended his night going 4-6 with 3 runs batted in on one big-time home run. After the game, he let us know that his homer was for someone special.
I hit a homer for Poppy tonight.
Poppy Pederson, Joc and Kelsey’s daughter, turned 2 on Wednesday. Thankfully, all of the Pederson clan is in the Texas bubble for these playoffs.
Joc's little biggest fan
? joc pic.twitter.com/w2qqElT2Wf
— amanda (@amanda522) October 15, 2020
That’s a pretty cool birthday present, and it was big enough for Dodgers fans everywhere. Moreover, Joc is now batting .556 in the playoffs with a 1.489 OPS. It was his 8th career postseason home run.
Happy birthday, Poppy!