WORLD SERIES: DODGERS GAME 5 NOTES

LOS ANGELES DODGERS (43-17, 11-5) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (40-20, 11-7)
LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.88) vs. RHP Tyler Glasnow (2-2, 6.08)
Sunday, October 25, 2020 | 7:08 p.m. CT | Globe Life Field | Arlington, TX
World Series – Game 5
TV: FOX | Radio: AM 570 (Eng.); 1020 AM (Span.), ESPN Radio, AM 1540 (Kor.)
BEST OF THREE:
The Dodgers failed to secure three different
leads and lost a see-saw battle, 8-7, on Saturday night. With two outs
and two strikes, the Rays tied the game on an RBI single by Brett
Phillips and errors by center fielder Chris Taylor and catcher Will
Smith allowed the game-winner to score for a walk-off victory that
put the series at 2-2. The Dodgers offense shined, scoring seven runs
on 15 hits but came up a little short on Saturday night. The offense
scored all seven of their runs with two outs and have scored the most
runs with two outs since the Wild Card Era began:
TEAMS – MOST RUNS WITH TWO OUTS (Since 1994)
2020 Los Angeles Dodgers– 57
2004 Boston Red Sox- 46
2018 Boston Red Sox – 45
2002 San Francisco Giants- 45
Justin Turner smashed a leadoff homer in the first inning,
moving into first place in the Dodger history books with 12
postseason homers and passing Duke Snider. He became
the first player in World Series history to homer in the first
inning in back-to-back games. The Southern California
native also cranked a double in the sixth for his 19
th career
postseason double, tying him with Yadier Molina for most
doubles in National League baseball history. He is currently
tied for fifth in Major League history, trailing only Derek
Jeter (32), Bernie Williams (29), Jorge Posada (23) and
David Ortiz (22).
Julio Urías delivered a stellar performance, tossing 4.2
innings, allowing two runs with nine strikeouts. He
recorded 20 swing and misses, which is tied for fifth alltime in a World Series game with Mike Mussina (‘01),
Madison Bumgarner (’14) and James Shields (’14).
The Dodgers are in their 21st World Series in franchise
history and the 12th Fall Classic appearance since moving
to Los Angeles in 1958. They now have the second most
WS appearances in MLB history, trailing only the New
York Yankees (40).
M-V-SEAGS: Corey Seager was named the 2020 NLCS MVP last
Sunday night after going 9-for-29 with five homers and 11 RBI.
Seager set NLCS records in both homers and RBI and his seven
extra-base hits are tied with Javy Lopez (1996) for the all-time NLCS
record. The native of North Carolina’s 26 total bases are the second
most all-time in an NLCS and second most to Albert Pujols, who had
28 in 2004 vs. Houston.
Seager clubbed his eighth homer of the postseason Saturday
night, a solo homer off Ryan Yarbrough. His eighth homer
of the postseason is tied with Nelson Cruz (8, 2011), Carlos
Beltran (8, 2002) and Barry Bonds (8, 2002) for second alltime, while only trailing Randy Arozarena (9, 2020) for
most in postseason history.
The infielder recorded four hits last night and is batting .500
(7-for-14) with two homers and three RBI in the World
Series. He has reached base 11 of his 18 plate appearances
and his .632 OBP is currently the best all-time in Dodger
World Series history.
Seager finished one home run shy from tying the record for
home runs in any Postseason series, which is held by the
Rangers’ Nelson Cruz (6 in the 2011 ALCS vs. Detroit). He
is one of eight players all-time to reach at least five homers
and 11 RBI in a single Postseason. His six home runs and
15 RBI this postseason are both Dodger records for homers
and RBI in a single Postseason.
In Game 3 of the NLCS, Seager became the second player
in Postseason history to collect an RBI in five consecutive
at-bats (last two of Game 2 and first three of Game 3),
joining Carlos Beltran (2004). Last week, it was announced
that Seager was one of seven National League finalists for
the Hank Aaron Award, given to the most outstanding
regular season offensive performer in each league.
POSTSEASON POWER: Justin Turner and Corey Seager each
homered on Saturday night and the Dodgers are now second in the
Majors in postseason homers with 27, trailing the Rays (33). On
Friday, Austin Barnes became the 11th Dodger to homer in the
postseason and with 31 homers at Globe Life Field (including regular
season), the Dodgers have hit more homers at Globe Life Field than
the 2020 Texas Rangers (27). The Dodgers have hit 2+ homers in
seven straight games, which is an MLB postseason record.
GOLDEN CANDIDATES: Cody Bellinger (CF) and Mookie
Betts (RF) were named Rawlings Gold Glove finalists for their
respective positions on Thursday afternoon. Bellinger, who won the
NL Gold Glove in RF last season, played 39 games in center field
and finished second in the NL with six defensive runs saved in CF
and his six outs above average were tied for first in the NL with Trent
Grisham. Betts, who has won four consecutive Gold Gloves in the
AL, is up for his first award in the NL after leading the Majors with
11 defensive runs by a right fielder, which were 10 more than any
other candidate in the NL. He also finished with a Major League best
six outs above replacement by MLB right fielders.
TEXAS SOUTHPAW: Dodger left-hander and three-time Cy
Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will take the ball for his
second start of World Series after firing 6.0 innings of one-run ball
in Game 1. He finished the game scattering two hits and striking out
eight batters to record his second career World Series victory. The
Texas native will make his seventh appearance in the Fall Classic
(sixth start) and he is 2-2 with a 4.68 ERA (17 ER/32.2 IP) and 35
strikeouts. On Tuesday night, Kershaw passed FOX broadcaster
John Smoltz for second on the all-time Postseason strikeout list with
his 200-career strikeout. He is one of two players with 200+
postseason strikeouts, the other Justin Verlander (205).
Kershaw holds Dodger Postseason records in wins (12),
starts (29), innings pitched (183.1) and strikeouts (201).
He currently ranks among the all-time MLB leaders in
many postseason categories, including wins (T-5
th), innings pitched (7th), strikeouts (2
nd), starts (6th). On the season, he went 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA while ranking
among the league leaders (min. 50 IP) in wins (T-4th), ERA
(5th), opponents’ batting average (.194, 5th) and WHIP
(0.84, 2nd).
NO MAN LIKE MOOK: After signing a 12-year contract
extension that will keep him in Dodger blue through 2032 prior to
Opening Day, Mookie Betts made a bid to join Frank Robinson as
the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues. Betts ranked
among the NL leaders in hits (64, T-10th), runs (47, 4th), batting
average (.292, 16th), OBP (.366, 17th), SLG (.562, 13th), steals (10,
T-5 th) and homers (16, T-3
rd). Betts went 18-for-41 (.439) with
runners in scoring position, the third best mark in the Majors,
and was at his best late in games, posting a .343 (24-for70)/.370/.643 slashline from the seventh inning and later.
In Game 1 of the World Series, Betts went 2-for-4 with a
homer, two runs scored and two stolen bases and became
the first player in MLB history with two runs, two stolen
bases and a homer in a World Series game. Betts recorded
two stolen bases on Friday night and now has two games
with 2+ steals, which is tied for the most such games in a
single World Series. The last player to accomplish the feat
was Omar Vizquel in the 1997 World Series
Betts, 28, has hit safely in 12 of 16 playoff games this year,
going 18-for-62 (.290) with six doubles, one homer and
seven RBI. 15 of his 38 playoff hits have gone for extrabases (13 doubles, two homers). The Dodgers are 11-1 in
the postseason when he records at least one hit.
MATCHUP vs. RAYS

Regular Season All-Time vs. Rays: LA leads series, 10-7
2019: Teams Split Series, 2-2 (1-1 at Dodger Stadium)
2020 Postseason: Los Angeles leads, 2-1
Oct. 20 vs. TB at Globe Life Field: W, 8-3 W: Kershaw L: Glasnow
Oct. 21 vs. TB at Globe Life Field: L, 4-6 W: Anderson L: Gonsolin S: Castillo
Oct. 23 vs. TB at Globe Life Field: W, 6-2 W: Buehler L: Morton
Oct. 24 vs. TB at Globe Life Field: L, 7-8 W: Curtiss L: Jansen
WHERE THERE’S A WILL: Dodger catcher Will Smith had a
game for the ages in Game 3 of the NLDS vs. San Diego, going 5-
for-6 with two doubles and three RBI. Smith became the first Dodger
to collect five hits in a playoff game and was also the youngest player
and first catcher in Postseason history with a five-hit contest (25
years, 194 days). In 14 games this Postseason, Smith is hitting .210
(13-for-62) with two homers, three doubles, 13 RBI and seven runs.
OCTOBER RED: Dodger third baseman Justin Turner went 4-
for-5 with a double and a homer and extended his postseason on-base
streak to 12 games on Saturday night. During his on-base streak, he
is batting .340 (16-for-47) with six doubles, three homers and four
RBI, while reaching base 23 of his 54 plate appearances. The
infielder clubbed his 12 th postseason homer last night and now
accounts for the Dodger postseason record in hits (79), homers (12),
doubles (19), RBI (41) and total bases (136). In 70 career postseason
games (all with L.A.), Turner has hit .303 (79-for-261) with 12
homers, 19 doubles and an .922 OPS.
The infielder ended the season having reached base safely
in 31 consecutive games with a plate appearance, doing so
from Aug. 4-Sept. 27, the longest on-base streak of his
career (previous high: 28, 2011). It marked the second
longest streak in the Majors this year behind only Freddie
Freeman’s 33-game on-base streak from Aug. 11-Sept. 18. Among players with 150 or more AB, Turner ranked
among the NL leaders in average (.307, 13th) and OBP
(.400, T-9th). He reached 1,000 career hits with a second-inning double on August 11 against the Padres.
Turner was the Dodgers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente
Award for the third time in four years (also: 2017, ’18) and
won his third-career Roy Campanella Award as the most
inspirational Dodger.
EIGHT’S NOT ENOUGH: The Dodgers went 43-17 in the 60-
game season to win their record eighth straight NL West title with
the best record in the Majors. The club’s .717 winning percentage
was the best in franchise history and marked the seventh time in club
history that the Dodgers posted the Majors’ best mark (last: 2017).
The Dodgers won a division title for the eighth straight year,
something only two other franchises have accomplished:
MLB All-Time – Most Consecutive Division Titles
Braves, 1991-2005 14
Yankees, 1998-2006 9
Dodgers, 2013-2020 8 (active streak)
Source: Stats, LLC
The Dodgers reached the World Series in each of their six
previous seasons with the best record in the Majors:
Dodgers Finishing w/MLB’s Best Record, All-time
1949 Brooklyn Dodgers (tied) 97-57 (.630) Lost WS (4-1 NYY)
1952 Brooklyn Dodgers 96-57 (.627) Lost WS (4-3 NYY)
1953 Brooklyn Dodgers 105-49 (.682) Lost WS (4-2 NYY)
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 98-55 (.641) Won WS (4-3 vs NYY)
1974 Los Angeles Dodgers 102-60 (.630) Lost WS (4-1 Oak)
2017 Los Angeles Dodgers 104-58 (.642) Lost WS (4-3 Hou)
2020 Los Angeles Dodgers 43-17 (.717) ???
THE LONG BALL: Los Angeles led the Majors with 118 home
runs in 60 games, an average of 1.97 per game. The 1.97 homers per
game represent the top mark in MLB history, topping the 2019
Minnesota Twins (1.90). The Dodgers’ previous high came last year
when the club averaged 1.72 home runs per game.
The Dodgers blasted 57 home runs in 28 August games,
setting a National League record for most home runs in a
calendar month. The mark was previously held by the
Atlanta Braves, who hit 56 in June 2019.
AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts tied for the team lead and for
third in the National League with 16 homers. Los Angeles
homered in 49 of its 60 games and went 39-10 when hitting
at least one homer. The Dodgers were 28-8 when hitting
two or more home runs in a game.
The Dodgers had five players reach double digit home runs
in the 60-game season, with Pollock, Betts, Corey Seager
(15, T-9
th NL), Cody Bellinger (12, T-18th NL) and Max
Muncy (12, T-18th NL) turning the trick. The five players
with 10+ home runs tied for the MLB lead with the Braves,
White Sox and Phillies.
I’M ABOUT TO RUN: The Dodgers led the Majors with a +136
run differential, 52 better than the next best team (Padres +84). Even
with the shortened 60-game season, the 2020 Dodgers’ +136 run
differential represents the ninth best mark in Los Angeles history.
Los Angeles led MLB with 349 runs scored, and ranked
second with 213 runs allowed (Indians, 1st, 209).
The Dodgers’ 5.82 runs per game were the most
in franchise history and ranked as the third most in NL
history behind only the 1996 & 2000 Colorado Rockies.
Los Angeles was not shut out all season, the only team in
the Majors to avoid that distinction. The Dodgers scored
five or more runs in 39 of their 60 games, posting a 36-3
record in those contests. The Dodgers scored 122 runs in
the seventh inning or later, the second most in the Majors
(Padres, 124), which helped L.A. register 19 comeback
wins. The club outscored the opposition 122-66 from the
seventh inning on.
SERIES BUSINESS: The Dodgers lost just one series all year – at
home vs. Colorado Sept. 4-6 – and finished the season with a 15-1-4
series record, including six series sweeps. Los Angeles opened the
season by going unbeaten its first 13 series, which is the fifth best
season-opening run in the divisional era (since 1969). The 1977
Dodgers hold the club mark with 14.
Los Angeles went unbeaten in its 10 road series, posting a
9-0-1 series record.
The Dodgers won the season series against every club they
played this year. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the
Dodgers became just the 4th team in the World Series era
(since 1903) to win at least 60% of their decisions against
every team they faced in a season and the first to do so in
101 years.
START ME UP: The Dodgers led the Majors in team ERA
(3.02), opponents’ batting average (.213) and WHIP (1.06), and
allowed just 1.10 home runs per 9.0 innings – the best mark in the
National League and second best in the Majors behind the Twins
(1.09). The Dodgers walked just 2.42 per 9.0 innings (1st, MLB) and
posted the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.96) in the NL.
Los Angeles starters led the NL with a 3.29 combined ERA
(101 ER/276.1 IP), limited opponents to a .219 batting
average (2nd, MLB) and posted an MLB-best 1.07 WHIP.
Clayton Kershaw led the Dodgers in wins (6), innings
(58.1) and strikeouts (62) in his 13th MLB season, going 6-
2 with a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts. Kershaw ranked among the
NL leaders (min. 55 IP) in wins (T-4
th), ERA (5th),
opponents’ batting average (.194, 5th) and WHIP (0.84, 2nd).
On Sept. 3, Kershaw reached 2,500 strikeouts by fanning
Arizona’s Nick Ahmed, becoming the third-youngest
pitcher in MLB history to reach the mark at 32 years, 168
days, behind only Nolan Ryan (31 years, 101 days) and
Walter Johnson (31 years, 197 days). He ended the season
ranked 36th on the all-time strikeout list, nine behind
Bartolo Colon.
Among rookies with 40.0 or more innings
pitched, Tony Gonsolin (2.31) and Dustin May (2.57)
ranked first and second, respectively, in ERA.
In nine games (eight starts), Gonsolin limited opponents to
a .189 batting average, allowed just two home runs, walked
seven, struck out 46 in 46.2 innings and posted a 0.84
WHIP – the fourth best mark in the Majors among pitchers
with 40.0 or more innings.
May became the first Dodger rookie to start on Opening
Day since Fernando Valenzuela replaced an injured Jerry
Reuss in 1981 and allowed just one run in 4.1 innings in a
no-decision on July 23 against the Giants. In 12 games (10
starts), he went 3-1 and ranked among the NL leaders (min.
50.0 IP) in ERA (2.57, 8th), opponents’ batting
average (.220, T-13th) and WHIP (1.09, T-12th).
THE DOCTOR IS IN: Dave Roberts made it a perfect 5-for-5,
becoming the first manager in MLB history to lead his team to a
division title in each of his first five full seasons. Under Roberts, the
Dodgers have posted a Major League best 436-273 (.615) record
since 2016.Over the course of the unusual 60-game season, Roberts
used an amazing 56 different lineups in piloting the team to a .717
winning percentage.
BIG BOSS MAN: Dodger President of Baseball Operations
Andrew Friedman assembled his sixth division-winning club in as
many seasons after joining the Dodgers in the Fall of 2014. This year,
Friedman pulled off his biggest moves before the club played a
game, acquiring Mookie Betts in a three-way deal with the Red Sox
and Twins and then signing Betts to a 12-year contract on the eve of
the 60-game restart. Since taking over the top spot in baseball
operations, Freidman’s Dodger teams have gone 528-343 (.606)
while setting the record for most wins in Los Angeles Dodger history
in 2019 (106, franchise record) and the highest winning percentage
in club history (.717, 2020).
Game 1 & 5 Starter – LHP Clayton Kershaw: 3-1, 2.88 ERA in 4 GS
2020 Postseason:
Faced Tampa Bay for just the third time in his career as he started Game 1 of the World
Series…fired 6.0 frames of one-run ball, striking out eight and walking just one as he recorded
his third win of the postseason…passed John Smoltz for second on the all-time postseason
strikeout list and also became just the second pitcher in Major League history to earn 200+
strikeouts, just behind Justin Verlander (205)…also became the seventh pitcher in Dodgers
history with a 10-strikeouts World Series appearance
Pitched in Game 4 of the NLCS vs. the Braves, tossing 5.0 innings and giving up four earned
runs on seven hits…struck out four and walked one on 87 pitches as he recorded his 12th career
loss in the postseason
Earned his 11th career postseason victory in Game 2 of the Division Series against the Padres, hurling 6.0 innings and giving up three earned runs on six hits…struck out six without
issuing a walk on 87 pitches…gave up back-to-back single home runs to Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer
Fired 8.0 scoreless innings against the Brewers in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series, clinching the win to advance the Dodgers to the Division Series against the Padres…struck out a
postseason career-high 13 batters, issuing just one walk and giving up three hits on 93 pitches
2020 Regular Season:
Led the Dodgers’ pitching staff with six wins, innings (58.1) and strikeouts (62)…ranked among the NL leaders (min. 55 IP) in wins (6, T-4
th), ERA (2.16, 5th), opponents’ batting
average (.194, 5th) and WHIP (0.84, 2nd)
Recorded six quality starts over ten tries, which led the team…six of those outings were 6.0 innings or more, resulting in a 5-1 mark
In ten starts this season, he posted a 6-2 record with a 2.16 ERA (14 ER/58.1 IP), striking out 62 batters and posting a 0.84 WHIP…refrained from throwing a wild pitch all season
Five of his six wins came away from Dodger Stadium (8/2 at ARI, 8/14 at LAA, 8/20 at SEA, 8/27 at SF, 9/19 at COL)…in those five wins, the lefty limited the opposition to a
.163/.189/.275 slashline and struck out 45 of the 159 batters he faced
Earned a 9.57 strikeout-per-nine mark, tossing 62 strikeouts and walking just eight over 211 opponent at-bats
Held hitters to a .194 average, including a .199 mark against right-handed hitters… limited hitters to a .121 average with runners in scoring position
With his 11 strikeouts against Seattle on August 20, the southpaw passed Don Drysdale on the Dodgers’ all-time strikeout list, moving him into second place behind Don Sutton
who leads with 2,696 punchouts…Kershaw’s 2,526 career punchouts places him 36th on the all-time strikeouts list (next: Bartolo Colon, 2,535)
Was slated to make his ninth-career Opening Day start, yet he started the campaign on the Injured List after coming up with a stiff back after working out two days before Opening
Day
Career vs. Tampa Bay:
Pitched in Game 1 of the World Series against Tampa Bay, allowing just one earned run on two hits over 6.0 innings while striking out eight and walking just one…recording his
third career win against the franchise
Has faced the Rays three times in his career, once in 2013 and again in 2019 in addition to this postseason, throwing for a combined 3-0 record with a 1.79 ERA (4 ER/20.1
IP)…struck out 24 batters and walked just four…recorded eight strikeouts in each outing
Career Postseason:
Holds a 3-1 record in the 2020 postseason, producing a 2.88 ERA (8 ER/25.0 IP) paired with a 0.84 WHIP…has struck out 31 batters while issuing just three walks
In 36 career postseason games (29 starts), he has gone 12-12 with one save and has posted a 4.22 ERA (86 ER/183.1 IP)…has limited the opposition to a .220 average, while striking
out 201 batters against 48 walks…became the second pitcher in Major League history to record 200+ postseason strikeouts, joining Justin Verlander (205), he also passed John
Smoltz on the all-time postseason strikeout list, moving into second place
In six World Series appearances (five starts), occurring in 2017 against Houston, 2018 against Boston, and now 202 vs. the Rays, the southpaw is a combined 2-2 with a 4.68 ERA
(17 ER/32.2 IP), giving up 25 hits with six home runs while striking out 35 batters and walking nine…held the opposition to a .210 average (25-for-119) and owns a 1.04 WHIP
The southpaw earned his first Wild Card win versus the Brewers on Oct. 1, tossing 8.0 scoreless innings, matching his career-high (10/5/18 vs. ATL) while striking out 13 and issuing just one walk on three hits…was his tenth postseason victory His 11 career postseason victories are the most by a Dodger pitcher in franchise history…also holds the franchise lead in in postseason starts (28), innings pitched (177.1), strikeouts (193), and losses (12) Is one of three Dodgers to record 13+ strikeouts in a playoff game, alongside Sandy Koufax (15, 10/2/1963 vs. NYY) and Carl Erskine (14, 10/2/1953 vs. NYY) Also ranks amongst all-time MLB leaders in a handful of postseason categories: wins (11, T-4th), ERA (5th), WHIP (0.84, 2nd), and opponents’ batting average (.194, 5th)

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