Dodgers star Mookie Betts made a momentum-turning play on a liner to right, gunning down Marcell Ozuna after a messed-up call.
It took until Game 5, but Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts just had his first highlight-reel moment of the NLCS.
And you’ll never guess what happened. The momentum in the game turned immediately. I know! Weird, right?
Joe Kelly entered to pitch the third inning, and went 3-0 to 3-2 on the first two batters he faced before Marcell Ozuna and Travis d’Arnaud both feasted on pitches that found the zone for singles. Ozzie Albies moved ’em over, and then it was white knuckle time. Right?
Until Betts got an excellent jump on a looping liner, made a shoestring-esque grab, and ripped a throw home, turning two in highly unconventional fashion.
You see, it took an umpire’s intervention to put the final nail in the coffin here.
After review, it became immediately clear that Ozuna had left the bag early, hopping strangely into foul territory instead of preparing for the catch to be made.
The FOX broadcast claimed he was having trouble getting the proper sightline on Betts? We don’t know about that.
Suddenly, a 3-0 game with the inning still steaming was stopped at 2-0, and fire-breathing Braves “starter” AJ Minter was replaced by Tyler Matzek.
Fresh off the spark of the Betts catch and reversal, Corey Seager took him deep to dead center. Baseball, right? Right?! Baseball!!
In this case, this is exactly what you want. Instead of swaggering with an inexplicably good Minter on the mound, the Braves now have five full innings of bullpen remaining, and they’re on the ropes a bit.
Thank Mookie’s instincts, Ozuna’s “bad eyes,” and Seager’s impeccable timing. Cue the music, because the Dodgers have come to play for all nine innings tonight. Momentum does nothing but flip flop in October.