The Los Angeles Dodgers pulled even with the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series on Sunday night on the strength of a 1-0 victory. With the season on the line, Clayton Kershaw delivered seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball.
The final out he recorded was the most stressful of the evening. With two outs in the seventh and a runner on first base, manager Dave Roberts strolled out to the mound with the body language of a skipper ready to make a call to the bullpen.
Kershaw was able to convince Roberts to leave him in to pitch to Javy Baez. For a few seconds, that looked to be a terrible decision as the Cubs’ young star blasted a drive to deep center field. The blast fell just short of the fence, though, and found a resting place in Joc Pederson’s glove.
Roberts’ reaction to the momentary terror was delightful. You can see him mentally second-guessing the decision. Afterward, he welcomed Kershaw back into the dugout with one of the most haunting laughs you’ll ever hear.
Baseball is fun.