The Los Angeles Dodgers brought out a blaring mariachi band. They cranked the sound on the Dodger Stadium loudspeakers to ear-piercing levels. The fans screamed, shouted and shrieked.
They prayed for another Cody Bellinger miracle.
By the end of the evening Wednesday, they lost.
The Dodgers’ season is over.
Oh, sure, technically they still have to lose one more game to be officially eliminated.
The Dodgers meekly succumbed Wednesday in their 9-2 defeat to the Atlanta Braves in front of a stunned sellout crowd of 53,025 at Dodger Stadium, and trail 3 games to 1 in this National League Championship Series.
There will be no World Series repeat.
Just the end of a 111-win season with a long winter to dissect what went wrong.
The Braves can clinch its first World Series berth since 1999 Thursday night (8:08 ET, TBS) with ace Max Fried on the mound while the Dodgers are going with a bullpen game after using 28 pitchers this series.
Atlanta, which won at Dodger Stadium for the first time since June 9, 2018, after losing 21 of their last 25 games at Chavez Ravine, simply is too good, too powerful, and far too overlooked
Every single Braves starting pitcher wound up on the injured list except for veteran starter Charlie Morton, forcing them to resort to a bullpen game Wednesday.
They used six different pitchers, and they still man-handled the Dodgers’ offense, with Atlanta left fielder Eddie Rosario putting on a one-man show.
Rosario went four-for-five with two homers and four RBI, out-producing the entire Dodgers’ offense.
They now are just one victory away from the World Series where they will play either the Houston Astros or the Boston Red Sox, vying for their title since 1995.
“I’m still dreaming for bigger things,” said Rosario. “I kind of want more at this point and just dreaming for the next thing and hopefully we can get there.”