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Dodgers destroyed records with a jaw-dropping 11-run first inning on Wednesday, overpowering the Braves in Game 3, 15-3. As ace Clayton Kershaw is back from back spasms, LA seized momentum and will start Game 4 of the NLCS in Arlington.

The 11-run first was the largest half-inning of offense in postseason history. It broke the record of 10 runs achieved four times — most recently by the Cardinals against a similar Braves roster in Game 5 of last year’s NL Division Series. It also marked the first time the Dodgers had scored 11-plus runs in an inning since Aug. 8, 1954, when they sent 13 men home in the eighth against the Reds at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.

“That was kind of our whole goal, was just carrying the momentum over from last night,” Muncy said. “We were able to do that.” “We know who we are over here,” continued Muncy, whose grand slam was one of five Dodgers home runs. “We’re a really good team. We kind of lost our footing the first two games, but we weren’t worried about anything, and tonight we went out and showed what we can do.”

10 Run Postseason Innings

2019 NL Division Series Game 5, Cardinals vs. Braves (1st inning)
The Braves had a chance to clinch the NLDS in Game 4, but they lost in extra innings to the Cardinals. Mike Foltynewicz allowed seven runs in one-third of an inning, and the Cardinals scored ten total in the first off of him and Max Fried. St. Louis didn’t hit a home run in the inning, scoring on a single, two bases-loaded walks, three doubles, and a dropped third strike.

2002 American League Championship Series Game 5, Angels vs. Twins (7th inning)
The Halos were trying to close out the best-of-seven series, but the Twins weren’t making it easy. Adam Kennedy got things started with a three-run shot — his third homer of the game — off Johan Santana. The Twins proceeded to bring in a parade of three relievers, but by the time they stopped the bleeding, it was a 13-5 blowout. Kennedy, Scott Spezio, and David Eckstein reached base multiple times in the Angels frame, who went on to win the World Series.

1968 World Series Game 6, Tigers vs. Cardinals (3rd inning)
This is not a series in which one would expect to find a big inning, given that it’s known for pitching. Detroit won a seven-game Fall Classic behind the work of MVP Award winner Mickey Lolich (three complete-game victories), and St. Louis fell short despite a historic performance from Hall of Famer Bob Gibson (three complete games, 35 strikeouts). Ray Washburn fell behind, 2-0, in the second inning and exited after allowing the first three batters to reach in the third. Three relievers followed but couldn’t restore order. Jim Northrup had the big blow, a grand slam, to make it 8-0. It was 12-0 by the end of the inning, and the Tigers won, 13-1, as they rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win.

1929 World Series Game 4, A’s vs. Cubs (7th inning)
The A’s entered the bottom of the seventh trailing, 8-0, against the Cubs. Chicago was six outs away from a win to even the series at two games apiece. And then the seventh happened. Philadelphia scored ten runs in the inning to take a 10-8 lead it would not relinquish, then won the series two days later in Game 5. Al Simmons started the inning off with a solo homer. From there, the A’s had four RBI singles, an RBI double, and an inside-the-park home run from Mule Haas. Jimmy Dykes had two of those run-scoring hits — a single and a double.

Dodgers vs. Braves: Other Key Facts/Stats of the Game

The Braves have now been involved in the two highest-scoring innings of 2020. On Sept. 9, however, they were the ones doing the bashing, putting together an 11-run second inning in a 29-9 rout of the Marlins.

The Dodgers went deep three times in the first inning, courtesy of Joc Pederson (three-run shot), Edwin Ríos (solo), and Max Muncy (grand slam). The first time in postseason history, a team homered three times in the first inning of a game.

The Dodgers finished with 15 runs, the most in a postseason game in franchise history. Their prior record had been 13, in the 2013 NLDS Game 3, also against the Braves, and the 1956 World Series Game 2 against the Yankees. This was only the 13th time in postseason history that any team scored at least 15 runs in a game, and the Dodgers tied the NLCS record set by the Braves in a 15-0 win over the Cardinals in Game 7 of the 1996 NLCS.

The Dodgers won by 12 runs, marking the largest win in a postseason game in franchise history. The prior record had been an 11-run win in the 1974 NLCS Game 4 against the Pirates, when the Dodgers won, 12-1. The only other time the Dodgers have won by ten runs was the 2017 NLCS Game 5 against the Cubs, 11-1.

The Dodgers now trail the Braves, 2-1, in the best-of-seven series, and their exhale is complete.

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