LOS ANGELES – Excitement, nerves and drama played out Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium for the National League wild card game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Angelenos won 3-1, breaking the tie to the ninth low with Chris Taylor’s two-run homer to knock the opponent out.
“(I was) a little nervous because the game was tight, but we had faith in our players, we were focused on cheering the team on and what we wanted came out,” said pitcher Brusdar Graterol, who took the mound for one inning.
The Dodgers had to reach for the bullpen to keep the visiting offense at bay with six different pitchers.
“Since (the manager) gave me the opportunity, we are going to give everything I can give,” was what went through Graterol’s head when he was called to pitch.
Contrary to last year in the wild card round, in a different format due to a pandemic in which the Angelenos played two games at home against the Milwaukee Brewers with an empty stadium, now, Dodger Stadium experienced an unbeatable atmosphere with a full house. More than 53 thousand spectators cheered for their team and witnessed an exciting victory.
“I don’t know how to say it, it was something incredible, the important thing was that we won,” added the Venezuelan player.
Now, the Dodgers will start the Division Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday in a major West Coast rivalry. The Giants and Dodgers were the two teams with the best MLB regular season records with 107 and 106 wins respectively.
“It will be seen when we are with them on the field, they are a good team too, just like us and we are here to win just like them,” concluded Graterol.
Mexico’s Julio Urías would start from the mound on Saturday for Game 2 of the Series against the Giants in San Francisco, and Walker Buhler would be in the first, while Max Scherzer, tonight’s pitcher against the Cardinals, would reappear on Monday for the Game 3 when the series returns to Los Angeles.