WATCH: LA Dodgers pitcher shows INCREDIBLE reflexes in double play as they beat Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of World Series
The Mexican pitched a blistering 95-mile-per-hour ball at Tampa’s Mike Zunino, and when the catcher hit it straight back at him, he not only caught it but quickly turned around to offload it to second base, where the Rays’ Mike Brosseau was caught out.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was in awe of the play.
OMG 😱! What a catch & double play!— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 21, 2020
Gonzalez may have produced the highlight of the game, but his was just one of several impressive Dodgers performances at the Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Pitcher Clayton Kershaw dominated the contest for six innings, during which he allowed just two hits.
He also struck out eight Rays - taking his total to 201 career postseason strikeouts - and retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced, 13 of them consecutively. He needs just four more postseason strikeouts to equal Justin Verlander’s all-time record.
James singled him out for praise after the game.
Meanwhile, Mookie Betts became the first player in World Series history - this is the 116th edition of the competition - to score two runs, a home run and steal two bases.
🗣 We interrupt the scheduled broadcast with a special edition of THE MOOKIE SHOW 📺Two stolen bases, two runs scored, and a home run for good measure, @mookiebetts is a history-maker 📜#MLB#Postseason#WorldSeries#Dodgerspic.twitter.com/wjfGm3G8rA— MLB Europe (@MLBEurope) October 21, 2020
The Dodgers are bidding to win their first World Series since 1988. They reached the World Series in 2017 and 2018, but lost to the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, respectively.
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