The Los Angeles Dodgers have several players capable of taking over a series. Among them, though probably closer to the middle of the list, would be outfielder Carl Crawford. But ever since the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves shifted to the west coast, he's undoubtedly been the Dodgers most productive player.
It started with his three-run home run in Game 3 that busted the game open in the Dodgers favor, not to mention his incredible diving catch into the stands in left field. And it continued in Monday's Game 4, as Crawford muscled up for two solo home runs to give Clayton Kershaw an early 2-0 cushion.
There are a couple things worth noting about Crawford's unexpected power surge. In his final 328 regular season plate appearances, he connected for only one long ball. Now he has three in his last six postseasons at-bats. He's also the first Dodger to hit two home runs in a postseason game since Shawn Green in the 2004 NLDS.
As good as things were looking for Los Angeles in the third inning, that outlook quickly changed in the fourth after first baseman Adrian Gonzalez committed his second error of the game. As Gonzalez attempted to begin a 3-6-3 double play on Evan Gattis, his throw pulled Hanley Ramirez off the bag and then trickled away, giving Atlanta a first and second opportunity with nobody out. After Kershaw wild pitched the runners into scoring position, Chris Johnson and Andrelton Simmons knocked them home with a single and ground out respectively, evening the score at two.
And that's where the game stands now with the score still 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Both starting pitchers remain in the game.