ARLINGTON, Texas – Sure, it was just one big inning. Yeah, it was just one game.
Right, the Los Angeles Dodgers still trail the Atlanta Braves in this moody National League Championship Series.
But the significance of their standards-busting, series-turning 15-3 victory in Game 3 Wednesday night went far beyond the postseason record 11 runs they scored in the first inning, the five Braves pitchers they gnawed through, or even the feel-good scoreless inning afforded the struggling Kenley Jansen.
Keep in mind: This was a World Series favorite face down and sinking, pondering another winter of what-ifs and second guesses and perhaps even significant changes, should the natives spoiled with a basketball championship across town grow sufficiently disconsolate.
Instead, a team that spent the first two games on its heels came out swinging, ambushing Braves starter Kyle Wright with a flurry of early-count hacks that produced a pair of home runs and drove the 25-year-old from the game after nine batters. They piled on against old teammate Grant Dayton, summoned to triage the wound, only to give up three home runs and eight runs and record just six outs.