The Los Angeles Dodgers won the 116th World Series on Tuesday night after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 at the Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Julio Urias eliminated Willy Adames to finish the game and end a 32-year title drought for the Dodgers, who had lost two of the last three fall classics before COVID shortened the 2020 season.
“This is surreal,” said Dodgers’ catcher Adam Barnes, who caught the last pitch and immediately put the ball in his back pocket. “We’ve had our hearts broken so many times.”
This is the seventh overall world series title for the Dodgers in 21 appearances. For the Rays, it was their second appearance at the Fall Classic ever. They always dropped back to 0-2.
The Dodgers’ shortstop, Corey Seager, was named MVP of the World Series after beating .400 with two home runs, five RBI and an OPS of 1.256. He is only the eighth player to win the League Championship Series MVP and World Series MVP in the same postseason.
The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after outfield player Randy Arozarena hit a home run into right field. The lead lasted until the sixth inning when Ray’s starter Blake Snell was pulled out after a brilliant outing. Snell knocked out nine clubs in 5.1 busy innings and only allowed two hits. His four-inning strikeouts resulted in a tie with the 1963 World Series mark set by Sandy Koufax.
Snell was relieved at the end of the sixth inning after the Dodgers’ catcher Austin Barnes had played an out in the middle and the top of the L.A. line-up with Mookie Betts, Corey Seager and Justin Turner came to home plate. Betts doubled to the left and pushed Barnes up to third. Barnes later scored a goal on a wild pitch. Seager ended up in the choice of a fielder who hit Betts and gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead – just six outs from the world championship title.
The Rays caught a runner on base in the seventh round, but abandoned him initially.
The Dodgers’ catcher, Will Smith, doubled on the left field to start the end of the seventh round, and then Joc Pederson made a deliberate walk after a count of two balls and no strikes. The Rays came out of the inning, leaving a pair of Dodgers-Baserunners stranded.
Betts, an outfielder who had switched from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in the postseason, smashed a home run into midfield at the end of the eighth and gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.
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– Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 28, 2020
After the Dodgers gave up the Arozarena home run in the first round, the Rays remained goalless for eight innings to claim the title. It was the first time since 1988 that the Dodgers beat the Oakland Athletics.
Both the Rays and the Dodgers finished the game with five goals each.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell did something on Tuesday night that hadn’t been seen since the 1963 World Series when he took out nine clubs in the first four innings.
Sandy Koufax, the great Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers, was the last pitcher to hit nine bats in four innings when he did so during the 1963 World Series. In Game 1 against the New York Yankees, Koufax knocked out a total of 15 Yankees bats in the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory.
The Dodgers swept the Yankees to none in four games in that series. To put the Yankees ranking into context, here are some of the names that sent the Yankees to home plate this season: Elston Howard, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Bobby Richardson and Joe Pepitone.
For Snell, he faced a strong Dodgers line-up that included (with strikeouts on Tuesday) Mookie Betts (2), Corey Seager (2), Justin Turner (2), Max Muncy (1) and Will Smith (1).
The 2020 baseball season was postponed two weeks before its start. As the COVID 19 pandemic hit the country hard in mid-March, Major League Baseball cancelled the last two weeks of spring training and postponed the season indefinitely.
This summer, the season got back on track, but without fans in the stadiums and only with a schedule of 60 games per team. The playoffs were even limited as most of them were played in neutral locations and with only a few fans for the World Cup.
Here are the results of the world series 2020:
Game 1: Dodgers 8, Rays 3
Game 2: Rays 6, Dodgers 4
Game 3: Dodgers 6, Rays 2
Game 4: Rays 8, Dodgers 7
Game 5: Dodgers 4, Rays 2
Game 6: Dodgers 3, Rays 1.