Los Angeles Dodgers win 2020 World Series against Tampa Bay Rays in game six


The Dodgers charge onto the field after winning the 2020 world series on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers twitter.

By Mitchell Ross

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the World Series 4-2 over the Tampa Bay Rays at the Major League Baseball bubble site at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday night, Oct. 26.

In July, the 2020 MLB season began under unforeseen circumstances. Four months later, players, coaches and fans witnessed the coronation of the Dodgers as champions, putting an end to their 32-year long championship drought.

The National League Champion Dodgers, who finished tops in all of baseball in regular-season wins, faced off against the No. 1 seeded Tampa Rays of the American League in a 6-game fall classic that was one for the record books.

Following their NLCS game-seven-win, manager Dave Roberts was confident in his team’s chances in the World Series following their comeback from a 3-1 series deficit against Atlanta.

“It’s been a crazy year with guys away from their families and the social injustices,” said Roberts. “We have a lot of work to do. This is our year.”

The teams split games one and two.

Clayton Kershaw pitched a gem in game one for the Dodgers which propelled them to an 8-3 win.

Rays pitcher Blake Snell tossed a solid 4.2 innings in a 6-2 Tampa Bay win.

The teams would flip-flop wins in games three and four of the series.

The Dodgers pose for a team photo after winning the 2020 world series on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Photos courtesy of the Dodgers twitter.
The Dodgers pose for a team photo after winning the 2020 world series on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers twitter.

The Dodgers turned to their bullpen in game six to shut down the Tampa Bay bats and successfully held them scoreless for the final eight innings of the game.

Los Angles was held scoreless through the first five innings. A Mookie Betts double in the bottom of the sixth moved Austin Barnes over to third base, where he then advanced to home on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1.

The MVP from the NLCS, Corey Seager, would promptly drive Mookie Betts from third in his next at-bat. Mookie had advanced to third on the wild pitch.

Betts would hit a home-run in the bottom of the eighth pushing the lead to 3-2 and cementing the lead for Los Angeles.

Despite his heroic performance in the sixth and final game, Betts was not named the World Series MVP; that honor would be bestowed on the man who drove Betts home in the sixth, Corey Seager.

Seager slashed a .400 batting average while knocking in six RBI and slugging out two home runs on his way to World Series MVP.

Seager spoke in a press conference after the game.

“It’s absolutely phenomenal. This team was incredible,” exclaimed Seager. “We ran bases and we pitched, we played defense; you can’t say enough about this team.”

The championship has been long sought out for the Dodgers since 1988 and the team has had more than its share of heartbreak in recent years; only adding to their desire to win.

Image courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers twitter.

The Dodgers have come close before in their 8-year run of reaching the postseason, going to the fall classic twice prior during this run, but they haven’t won the last game of the season in over three decades.

Following the game, President of Baseball Operation, Andrew Friedman, joined owner Mark Walter and Roberts to receive the Commissioner’s Trophy on the field.

“We’re bringing it home; it’s been too long,” began Friedman. “To our fans, thank you for all the support. We’re sorry it took us this long. Thank you for your patience.”

This championship erases the story that the Dodgers choke in the playoffs and puts to rest the narrative of Kershaw collapsing in big playoff games.

On the field, Roberts spoke to the relentlessness of his ballclub.

“I’ve never been around a group that’s closer, that’s tougher, that I love more. For guys like Clayton, I couldn’t be happier for you, Kersh.”

Los Angeles has waited 32 years since Kirk Gibson hit the improbable home run that electrified the city. Now all of Los Angeles can party like it’s 1988.