October 14, 2020 | 7:21pm | Updated October 14, 2020 | 7:25pm
The Dodgers came to play on Wednesday.
Los Angeles opened up Game 3 of the NLCS by tagging Braves pitchers for 11 runs in the top of the first inning, a postseason record for a single inning, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Outfielder Mookie Betts started the fun with a leadoff single against starter Kyle Wright and scored on Kyle Seager’s double to deep left. Wright was able to get Justin Turner and Max Muncy to groundout — advancing Seager to third, but that’s where things went entirely off the rails.
Seager scored on Will Smith’s double to center. Cody Bellinger walked, setting the stage for Joc Pederson’s 419-foot blast to tack on three more runs. Edwin Rios added a 423-foot solo shot, and a follow-up walk to Chris Taylor ended Wright’s night very early with a harrowing stat line: 0.2 innings pitched, five hits, seven earned runs and two walks on 28 pitches for an ERA of 94.50.
Unfortunately, reliever Grant Dayton was not able to provide much in the way of relief for the Braves.
Betts walked, sending Taylor to second — where he scored on Seager’s single. Dayton loaded the bases by hitting Turner with a pitch, setting the stage for Muncy to clear them with a grand slam to make it 11-0. Smith’s ensuing strikeout was the only thing that brought Atlanta a brief respite.