“He just impacts the game in so many different ways,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Walker was kind of stressing a little bit.”
Betts’ defense, Buehler’s pitching and consecutive first-inning home runs by Seager and Justin Turner boosted the Dodgers to a 3-1 win that forced the National League Championship Series to a Game 7.
The Dodgers, who trailed three games to one in this neutral site postseason, still have a chance to win their first World Series title since Kirk Gibson limped up to the plate and sparked the 1988 team with that improbable Game 1 walk-off homer off Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley.
Los Angeles wanted Betts so much it agreed to pay Boston $48 million over three years as part of the deal, which also brought the Dodgers left-hander David Price, who decided to opt out of playing this season because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Betts would have been eligible for free agency this offseason, but the Dodgers were as aggressive at the negotiating table…