The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series champions for the first time since 1988.
The Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to clinch the series in Game 6, getting the franchise its seventh title and first in over 30 years.
While nothing can be taken away from the great Dodgers team, many will remember Game 6 as a game that was lost by the Rays coaching staff.
Namely, Rays manager Kevin Cash pulled ace pitcher Blake Snell in the sixth inning, even though he was pitching lights out and obviously had plenty more in the tank.
This led to the Dodgers offense immediately taking advantage of Rays reliever Nick Anderson to take the lead.
While in the game, Snell dominated the Dodgers’ batters, holding them to two hits and striking out nine in 5 1/3 innings. Snell was pulled after Austin Barnes hit a single off him in the sixth inning. He had only thrown 73 pitches at that point.
Six pitches into Anderson’s time on the mound, the Rays 1-0 lead turned into a 2-1 deficit. Dodgers star Mookie Betts hit an insurance home run in the eighth, which was more than enough for the Dodgers to win the game and the title.
The win also gives future Hall of Fame pitcher Clayton Kershaw his first title, which was the only thing missing from his incredible MLB resume.