World Series Game 5: Cody Bellinger’s homer puts Dodgers back on top

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He switches the momentum back to the Dodgers with a three-run shot with one out in the top of the fifth.

Oct. 29, 2017, 7:25 p.m.

Dodgers take 7-4 lead on Cody Bellinger’s three-run homer

Top of the fifth. Collin McHugh pitching.

Corey Seager walked.

Justin Turner walked.

Kikè Hernandez struck out looking.

Cody Bellinger hit a three-run homer to right. 7-4 Dodgers.

Logan Forsythe flied to right.

Yasiel Puig struck out swinging.

 

 

 

Oct. 29, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

Astros tie score in bottom of fourth with three-run homer off of Kershaw

Bottom of the fourth.

George Springer walked.

Alex Bregman flied to left on a 3-2 pitch.

Jose Altuve singled to left.

Carlos Correa doubled to left, scoring Springer. 4-1 Dodgers. Second and third, one out. The Dodgers asked for an appeal at second, but he was safe.

Yuli Gurriel hit Kershaw’s first pitch for a three-run homer. Wow.

Josh Reddick popped to first.

Evan Gattis flied to left. Ugly inning.

 

 

 

Oct. 29, 2017, 6:38 p.m. Houston

No tickets, no problem: Dodgers fans happy to make it to Minute Maid Park

Amanda Guillen and Luis Gonzalez visited Minute Maid Park before Game 5. (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)

It was a last-second decision for Luis Gonzalez and Amanda Guillen.

The boyfriend and girlfriend from El Paso hopped a plane Sunday morning bound for San Antonio, where they were going to meet up with friends and go to Six Flags.

But they had a layover in Houston, and there was a World Series happening here.

They don’t have tickets. But they skipped their flight and stayed put anyway, just to get as close as they could to history.

“You have to,” said Guillen, a 24-year-old television news weather forecaster who clutched a just-purchased World Series pennant outside Minute Maid Park on Sunday. 

“I wish we had a couple hundred dollars more so we could go in,” Gonzalez said.

“But just being outside and knowing what’s going on inside, it’s just awesome,” he added. “Maybe we’ll get to be in there some day.”

Gonzalez, 27, who runs a gas station and restaurant, said he loved the Dodgers because his dad and grandpa loved the Dodgers.

His family is Mexican, and his dad was swept up in Fernandomania. His dad idolized Fernando Valenzuela and listened to every game he pitched — and can still name a bunch of the staring lineups from the 1980s.

When Valenzuela threw out the first pitch for Game 2 last week after being called to the pitcher’s mound by Vin Scully, Gonzalez’s dad got misty-eyed.

Gonzalez planned to buy some World Series souvenirs for his dad.

“Baseball’s awesome,” he said. “Especially when your team is winning.”

Oct. 29, 2017, 6:39 p.m.

Dodgers take 4-0 lead in top of fourth

Top of the fourth.

Cody Bellinger struck out looking.

Logan Forsythe doubled to deep center.

Yasiel Puig struck out swinging.

Austin Barnes singled to left, scoring Forsythe. 4-0 Dodgers. It looked like Gonzalez in left should have been able to make a play on that.

Charlie Culberson grounded into the hole at second. Altuve made a sliding stop, but Culberson beat the throw.

And that’s it for Dallas Keuchel. Luke Gregerson now pitching.

Chris Taylor struck out swinging.

 

Oct. 29, 2017, 6:24 p.m.

Dodgers maintain 3-0 lead through three

Bottom of the third.

Evan Gattis singled to left-center. Taylor made a nice play to cut the ball off and hold Gattis to a single.

Marwin Gonzalez grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. You’d think Forsythe and Culberson had been turning double plays together for years the way they did that.

Brian McCann grounded into the shift, Culberson making the play.

 

 

Oct. 29, 2017, 6:16 p.m.

Watch Logan Forsythe’s two-run single in the first

Oct. 29, 2017, 6:14 p.m.

Dodgers go down quietly in top of third, still lead 3-0

Top of the third.

Corey Seager grounded to first, pitcher covering.

Justin Turner popped to shallow right, Altuve making the play.

Kikè Hernandez grounded to the pitcher.

 

Oct. 29, 2017, 6:06 p.m.

Clayton Kershaw retires Astros in order in second

Bottom of the second.

Carlos Correa grounded to first.

Yuli Gurriel popped to first.

Josh Reddick flied to center.

Six up, six down.

 

Oct. 29, 2017, 5:59 p.m.

Game photo: Replay says safe

Oct. 29, 2017, 5:58 p.m.

Dodgers don’t score in top of second

Top of the second.

Austin Barnes flied to deep right.

Charlie Culberson bounced to short.

Chris Taylor grounded to third.

 

Oct. 29, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

Astros go down in order in first

Bottom of the first.

George Springer grounded to third. High throw by Logan Forsythe, but it pays to have a 6-4 first baseman.

Alex Bregman flied to deep center.

Jose Altuve struck out swinging.

 

Oct. 29, 2017, 5:48 p.m.

That’s a big cap

Oct. 29, 2017, 5:36 p.m.

Dodgers take 3-0 lead in top of first

World Series Game 5. Here we go.

Chris Taylor singled up the middle.

Corey Seager struck out looking.

Justin Turner walked. First and second, one out.

Kikè Hernandez walked, loading the bases with one out.

Cody Bellinger struck out swinging.

Logan Forsythe singled to left, scoring Taylor, Marwin Gonzalez bobbled the ball in left, allowing Turner to score 

With Yasiel Puig batting, Logan Forsythe got caught in a rundown. First baseman Yuli Gurriel threw wide to Jose Altuve at second. Forsythe slid in safely, and while that was going on, Kikè Hernandez scored.

Astros then appealed the decision, and the call was not overturned.

Puig grounded to the pitcher.

 

 

 

Oct. 29, 2017, 5:09 p.m. Houston

Not a frightful thought for this Dodgers fan: winning World Series on Halloween

Ramon Malta, a lifelong Dodgers fan who often travels to see the team, has been at all three World Series games in Houston. (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)

Ramon Malta says he called it months ago, even before the Dodgers were playing in the postseason.

They’d make the World Series, he said. And they’d win it at home in Los Angeles on Halloween night.

Well, if it comes true, consider him a fortune teller. The Dodgers and Astros will return to Dodger Stadium to play Game 6 on Tuesday night. Halloween night.

“I’m speaking it into existence,” Malta said Sunday afternoon while standing outside Minute Maid Park in a Dodgers jersey.

Malta, an accountant from Highland Park, has come to all three games in Houston, and he traveled out of state several times this year to watch the Dodgers play. He was even at the first day of spring training in Arizona in February.

“I’m invested,” he said, laughing. “I’m 27. My whole life has been in the championship drought.”

Malta said he’s been a fan his whole life.

“In L.A., growing up, I couldn’t afford to go to a Lakers game,” he said. “It was the cheapest ticket in town. And I’m Hispanic, and the team has a strong Hispanic following.”

Malta noted that Dodger Stadium has all those years of successful World Series past hanging above right field — 1988, 1981, 1965, 1963, 1959, 1955.

“There hasn’t been a year for me,” he said. “I’d like to have a year for me.”

He thinks 2017 is going to be it. And he’s already planning to be at the championship parade.

“I’m already visualizing the route to Chavez Ravine,” Malta said. “It’s a fun time to be a Dodgers fan.”

Oct. 29, 2017, 5:06 p.m.

Clayton Kershaw is alone with his thoughts

Oct. 29, 2017, 5:03 p.m. Reporting from Houston

Astros expect Yuli Gurriel to get booed at Dodger Stadium

Yuli Gurriel (Tom Pennington / Getty Images)

Houston first baseman Yuli Gurriel’s racial gesture mocking Dodgers starter Yu Darvish in Game 3 earned him a five-game suspension from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. 

Despite that ruling, Gurriel’s apology, and Darvish’s push for forgiveness, the Astros are certain it will also lead to an aggressive reception when they return to Dodger Stadium for Tuesday’s Game 6.

“I think everyone is aware it’s going to be a rough setting for him,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I don’t think you can convince 55,000 fans to turn the page as fast as maybe the two teams have. And that goes out of support for their own players and their own people.”

During Saturday’s Game 4 at Minute Maid Park, Astros’ fans showered Gurriel with cheers.

Oct. 29, 2017, 5:00 p.m. Reporting from Houston

Astros’ Ken Giles won’t be pitching in key situations

Ken Giles walks off the mound in Game 4 (Tom Pennington / Getty Images)

In the regular season, opponents scored on Houston Astros closer Ken Giles only once in his final 19 outings, and 12 times in his 63 appearances. In the postseason, they have scored on Giles six times in seven outings. In the World Series, he’s allowed as many runs as he has recorded outs.

He’s morphed from one of the sport’s better pitchers into one of its worst. No reliever has ever been scored upon more frequently in one postseason. 

The long-term implications for Giles’ status are unclear, but his role in the rest of this tied World Series is certain. He won’t be pitching in anything resembling a high-leverage situation.

“I’ll try to lift the burden off of him carrying this end-of-the-game pressure with him,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “Obviously, he’s had a rough go of it. He’s more than equipped to handle it. And I’m not sure how the game is going to play out. If I’ve got to give him the ball at some point, he’s got the weapons to get outs.”

Oct. 29, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

Clayton Kershaw feels more anxiety when he doesn’t pitch than when he does

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Clayton Kershaw pitched the opening game of this World Series, but the three games that followed were the source of as much, if not more, anxiety.

“It’s almost more nerve-racking watching on the bench because you feel a little bit helpless and you want us to succeed so bad,” he said.

Kershaw won’t have that feeling of helplessness Sunday night at Minute Maid Park, where he returns to the mound for Game 5. How he pitches will determine whether the Dodgers return home leading or trailing the series by a three-games-to-two margin.

The distance from home plate to the 19-foot-high wall in left field at Minute Maid Park measures only 315 feet. Asked how that that would affect how he pitches, Kershaw replied: “No, I don’t think you can change anything based on where you’re at. It’s just a matter of making good pitches to these guys. Most of the time I would say it doesn’t come into play that much. I feel the homers I give up are pretty legit.”

Kershaw gave up a career-high 23 home runs in the regular season. He has served up another seven in three starts this postseason.

Oct. 29, 2017, 4:19 p.m. Reporting from Houston

Trust the process? Trust Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The Dodgers talk a lot about how they are following the “process’’ of building toward a championship one game at a time, one year at a time, with more concern about progress than results.

Dave Roberts, their manager, often talks about “Trusting the process.’’

They aren’t the first organization to espouse this theory. That would the Philadelphia 76ers, who, as luck would have it, were in Houston Sunday in advance of a game against the Houston Rockets Monday.

So it only figured that the 76ers team visited the Dodgers during batting practice before Game 5 of the World Series. Yes, that was 7-foot center Joel Embiid hanging around the batting cage with his teammates, not that the Dodgers need any advice from them. The Sixers are 2-4 this year and, while exciting, will be fortunate to reward those who “trust the process’’ with an eighth seed in the East.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are trusting in something greater tonight. Considering the team has won all of Clayton Kershaw’s four postseason starts, does anybody doubt he won’t get it done tonight, allowing the team to return to Los Angeles for Game 6 with a 3-2 lead and a chance to clinch a championship Tuesday night on Halloween?

No doubt here. Trust the process. And trust the ace.

Oct. 29, 2017, 3:58 p.m.

Dodger fans gather outside of Minute Maid Park

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