Riding the efforts of a fellow who knew just when to get a hit, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 in the seventh game of the National League Championship Series on Saturday to advance to the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Cody Bellinger hit only .200 in the series but was named MVP for his timely at-bats, including a two-run home run that gave the visiting Dodgers an early lead in the final game. Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer in the sixth to ice the pennant.
Walker Buehler allowed just one run and struck out seven batters in the 4.2 innings he pitched for the Dodgers.
Bellinger had a game-winning walkoff single in the 13th inning of Game Five. Overall, he was 5-for-25, driving in four runs and scoring three runs.
The World Series will start on Tuesday at 5:09 p.m. Pacific time in Boston’s Fenway Park.
Upsets galore in college football
It was a rough Saturday for favored teams as upsets upset the expected college playoff projections and coaches’ stomachs.
USC lost 41-28 to Utah on the road, falling to 4-3 overall but remaining on top of the Pac 12 South with a 3-2 mark, tied with Utah, also 3-2.
On the national scene, number two-ranked Ohio State was upset and stunned by Purdue in a 49-20 rout by the Boilermakers (4-3, 2-1). The Buckeyes are 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big 10 East, slipping into second.
Washington State also pulled off a major upset, as the 25th-ranked Cougars stunned Oregon, ranked 12th, by the score of 34-20.
Top-rated Alabama (8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference) stayed on course with a 58-21 win over Tennessee.
Anaheim Ducks lose in Las Vegas
Despite a 42-save effort by John Gibson, the Anaheim Ducks lost 3-1 on Saturday to the Las Vegas Golden Knights in “Sin City.”
Ben Street scored the sole goal for the visitors from Orange County.
The Ducks are back on action on Sunday hosting the Buffalo Sabres.