Kershaw and Dodgers Beat Tampa Bay 8-3 in Game 1 of the World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers #22 Clayton Kershaw had eight strikeouts against the Tampa Bay Rays. Photo by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers.

10/20/20 ARLINGTON, TX - The Los Angeles Dodgers had great pitching, great defense, and stolen bases to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 in Game 1 of the World Series at Globe Life Stadium in Arlington Texas.

Clayton Kershaw (1-0) started for the Dodgers, pitched six innings and gave up only one run, and had eight strikeouts. Tyler Glasnow (0-1), the starting pitcher for Tampa Bay, pitched four innings and allowed six runs to score to go along with his eight strikeouts.

Kershaw had had a shaky 1st inning, but shook it off and was cruising after that. Glasnow held the Dodgers scoreless until the bottom of the 4th inning when Cody Bellinger smashed a two-run home run that scored Max Muncy to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

Tampa Bay responded with a run in the top of the 5th inning when Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo home run over the right-field wall made the score 2-1. During the bottom of the 5th inning, things got bad for Glasnow.

The Los Angeles Dodgers #50 Mookie Betts stealing third base in the bottom of the 5th inning. Photo by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mookie Betts got a hit and was safe at first base. Moments later, he stole second base. The next batter up was Justin Turner, who took a pitch, and Betts took off and stole third base. After that, the Dodgers went on a hitting spree.

"Once I get on the basepaths, I'm just trying to touch home," Betts said. "However I get there is how I get there. But I'm going to be aggressive on the basepaths."

Max Muncy got on base due to a fielders-choice that allowed Betts to make it home that made the score 3-1. Will Smith singles to center-field that score Corey Seager increase the Dodgers lead to 4-1.

Moments later, Chris Taylor singles and Muncy came home made the score 5-1. Enrique Hernandez singles and Will Smith scores making the score 6-1.

Betts, in the bottom of the 6th inning, hit a solo home run that pushed the Dodgers lead up to 7-1. Betts became the first player in MLB history to hit a home run, steal two bases, and score two runs. Muncy hit a double into right field that scored Justin Turner made the score 8-1.

The Los Angeles Dodgers #35 Cody Bellinger leaps high to rob Austin Meadows of a home run in the top of the 9th inning. Photo by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers.

At the top of the 7th inning, Dylan Floro came in for Kershaw, and Tampa Bay scored when Mike Brosseau hit a single, and Manuel Margot came home to make the score 8-2. Tampa Bay would get another run that made the score 8-3 after Kiermaier singles and Joey Wendel scores.

The Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided he has seen enough and called in Victor Gonzales to finish the inning. Tampa Bay had runners in scoring position with one out, but Gonzales snagged a line drive and threw the ball to second base to Enrique Hernandez for a double-play to end the threat.

Bellinger had great praises for Mookie with his ability to steal bases, rob batters of runs and extra bases with his glove, and his hard work ethics on and off the field.

"We're so lucky to have him on our team," Bellinger said. "He's a superstar guy, superstar talent, but he does all the little things right. You can really learn from that when a guy's that good and he just wants to win."

The Dodgers bullpen came in and did their job, Pedro Baez pitched in the 8th inning and held Tampa Bay scoreless, and Joe Kelly had help from Bellinger who leaped high and robbed Austin Meadows of a home run to closed out the 9th inning to secure the win for the Dodgers and Kershaw in Game 1 of the World Series. #worldseries #mlb #ladodgers #tampabayrays #claytonkershaw #mookiebetts #codybellinger #tgsportstv1