Seven Dodger pitchers combined to toss 15 strikeouts as the Dodgers eliminated the Rays with a 3–1 win in Game 6 of the World Series.
The Dodgers capitalized once Rays starter Blake Snell left the game in the sixth inning with a Mookie Betts double and runs scored from Austin Barnes and Betts.
Betts continued adding to the Dodger lead with an eighth inning home run.
Julio Urías struck out four batters in 2 1/3 perfect innings to finish off the Dodgers’ first World Series title since 1988.
by Rowan Kavner
Two years ago, Corey Seager could only watch the Dodgers’ World Series run as he recovered from hip and elbow surgeries. Now, he is their World Series MVP.
Seager, who was also the Dodgers’ National League Championship Series MVP, finished the postseason with the team lead in hits (22), runs (20), home runs (eight) and RBI (20). He was also their OPS leader (1.171), posting a .328/.425/.746 playoff slash line.
He recorded hits against 18 different pitchers, knocked in runs against 14 different pitchers and homered against eight different pitchers during the playoff run.
In the World Series, Seager hit .400 with two homers, seven runs, five RBI and more walks (six) than strikeouts (four). He was not just part of their victory this time around but a vital reason they’re now champions. …
by Rowan Kavner
Way back in February, on the first day of full-squad Spring Training workouts in Arizona, Mookie Betts set the season’s tone. A Dodger for barely a week, he delivered a speech to the group letting his new teammates know how business would be handled this year. He preached accountability. He challenged his teammates for more. He demanded they treat each practice rep like it was Game 7 of the World Series.
The Dodgers wouldn’t go that far. Instead, eight months later, they would only need six games to capture their first World Series title since 1988.
“I’ve been saying ‘World Series champs’ in my head over and over again, just to see if it’ll sink in,” said Clayton Kershaw. “I can’t put it into words yet. I’m just so very thankful to be a part of this group of guys and so very thankful we get to be on the team that’s bringing back a World Series to the Dodger fans after 32 years. They’ve waited a long…