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Dodgers win final playoff game of 60-game season


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Kevin Cash is not Bruce Bochy, and thus Blake Snell could not be Madison Bumgarner.

And in a year that is unlike any other, in which a hellish pandemic has been unleashed upon the world, not even the World Series could be spared from being particularly painful. After a 60-game season, this deserves an asterisk, right?

The final game of the postseason has been won by the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-1, although it’s much more satisfying to complain that the Tampa Bay Rays lost it. The Dodgers have won their first, uh, you know, since 1988. A guy named Mookie homered. The sixth inning was infuriating.

Cash’s team was sailing behind Snell, who was striking out everyone in general and nine batters in particular through 5 1/3 innings, in which he threw 73 pitches. His last was a single surrendered to Austin Barnes, and Tampa would not allow him to go a third time through a lineup he had dominated.

Up 1-0, Cash lifted him for Nick Anderson. Mookie Betts doubled in the tying score and came around himself to score, a lot of San Francisco threw up.

Don’t ever say that 2020 can’t get any worse.

 

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