Dodgers World Series: LA Takes Game 5, Just 1 Win Away From a Title

Highlights from Game 5 of the World Series.

The Dodgers and Rays played a thrilling Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. Los Angeles went to their ace in Clayton Kershaw while Tampa Bay countered with their own in Tyler Glasnow. And boy, what a game this one turned out to be. 

Kershaw vs Glasnow Rematch

The Clayton Kershaw versus Tyler Glasnow rematch was completely different from Game 1. Glasnow managed to go 5 innings and allowed just 4 runs this time compared to 6 in his last start. Kershaw didn’t have his same swing and miss stuff that helped him dominate earlier in the series, but still strung together a good outing. He went 5.2 innings and gave up 2 earned runs, in part due to defensive misplays. 

Dodgers Score Early

Mookie Betts and Corey Seager got things going in the 1st inning just as they have most of the postseason. After a leadoff double by Mookie, Seager drove him in with a base hit of his own to give the Dodgers the early lead. Cody Bellinger would later drive him on a single with 2 outs. 

Big Moments of the Game

With the Dodgers leading by 2, Joc Pederson came up with nobody on to lead off the 2nd inning. He belted a Tyler Glasnow fastball to left-center to give Los Angeles a 3-run lead early. 

Randy Arozarena kept up his huge postseason and set a record in the process by singling in a run off of Clayton Kershaw. It was Randy’s 27th hit of the playoffs, the most ever in a single postseason. 

Arguably the biggest play of the game came in the 4th inning when Manuel Margot tried to steal home with 2 outs. The Rays had 2 runners in scoring position when Margot got thrown out at home by Clayton Kershaw, who did a great job of not balking on the play.

Dustin May came into the game following Clayton Kershaw and pitched amazing. He gave up 1 hit and struck out 2 before being pulled in the 8th inning. Victor Gonzalez came in and shut down a rally by the Rays, who had every opportunity to score a couple of runs. 

Blake Treinen came on to close out the game in the 9th inning as the Dodgers pivoted away from Kenley Jansen. Treinen gave up a leadoff single to Margot before Austin Meadows to strikeout. Joey Wendle came up and flew out to center to leave the game up to Willie Adames. Treinen


Up Next for the Dodgers in the Series

The Dodgers have the chance to win their first World Series since 1988 on Tuesday evening. The two teams will have Monday off, and Los Angeles will be the home team for the next two games if needed. 

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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. Congratulations, Dodgers!!! Great game and we are now 3-2. Despite some 4th inning drama, Kershaw pitched another great game and I loved the play on Margoe at the plate. Managerial decisions regarding bull pen were solid tonight. The Dodgers are now 1 game away; and, I will continue to believe that we will win this 2020 World Series. Get ready for Tuesday, guys! GO DODGERS!!!

  2. The Dodgers should be celebrating a world championship right now. It should be over. But Dave Roberts gave away game 4 by bringing in Jansen with a one run lead and turning it into a loss, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Now they will have to win 5 games to win the world series. Hopefully they can get one more win over the Rays and Dave Roberts to bring a championship home.

    • What have you ever managed? How much time have you spent in a Major League clubhouse or dugout? News flash: Dave Roberts knows more about his personnel than some Internet whiner who guzzles beer while watching the games from his living room. Don’t flatter yourself by thinking you know more than him about his team because you don’t. I guarantee that Dave Roberts, Kenley Jansen, and every guy in that locker room has accomplished more in life than you ever will. Now earn your money and bring me my fries.

      • It doesn’t take a genius to know that Kenley is wobbly. And just because he says he’s confident doesn’t make him good. And when has Baez locked down an inning with runners on base. He gives up a 3 run home run, you tell him he’s done then send him back out! And he gives up another dinger? Brilliant!

      • Yeah we know your shtick CeyHey you must be so proud of what you came up with if you posted it twice, now go run along back to MLBTR with the other know nothing know it all’s

        • You jerks need to stop scapegoating and bullying athletes, coaches, and managers. The threats Kenley and his family received after Game 4 is no joke and is because of people like you. A segment of the so-called Dodgers fan base has also bullied Baez in the past. For the sake of Donnie Moore and Bill Buckner, do you people ever learn? Grow up. A few people here need their Internet activity monitored. That’s all I’m gonna say about that…you can figure out the rest.

  3. Folks, I will only say that Dodgers won game 5 mainly by striking out less than the Rays hitters did. See what can happen when ya put the ball in play? And they won because CK and the BP kept the Rays hitters in the park. IDK but last night might have been the 1st game this entire Post Season where the Rays did not hit at least 1 HR.

  4. Congratulations Dodgers! Very exciting. I’m so happy for your championship. I have so much pride for you…

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