Kiké Hernandez described a scene Saturday suggesting the Dodgers were energized and ready to continue their NLCS comeback.
Music, dancing and screaming were all part of the clubhouse revelry. Hernandez, a veteran infielder, said it was the most energy he had seen from teammates before a day game in his six seasons with the Dodgers.
“We’ve got a good thing going on right now,” Hernandez said.
Then Game 6 commenced, and Walker Buehler helped keep the vibes going. With the right-hander firing six shutout innings, the Dodgers beat the Braves 3-1 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, to set up a winner-take-all Sunday night.
The Braves, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 1999, have the momentum against them after losing two straight. The Dodgers, attempting to win their third pennant in four years, would become the 14th team in MLB postseason history (out of 88) to overcome a series deficit of at least 3-1 if they complete the comeback.
Buehler, dealing with blister problems, was challenged, but out-gunned Braves ace Max Fried, who allowed three runs in the first inning and then stymied the Dodgers into the seventh.