Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Braves on Saturday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning in Game 6 of a baseball National League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler celebrates after retiring the side with the bases loaded during the second inning of Game Six of the National League Championship Series against the Braves on Saturday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Buehler pitched six scoreless innings in a 3-1 win. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 17: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is visited on the mound during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field on October 17, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler celebrates after striking out Atlanta Braves’ Austin Riley during the sixth inning in Game 6 of a baseball National League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Buehler went six scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory over the Braves. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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The narrative has been established: Walker Buehler as the biggest of big-game pitchers. Buehler as the guy who exudes calm in pressure situations. Buehler the dependable, the guy the Dodgers throw out there when they absolutely, positively have to win.

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The young ace from Vanderbilt further burnished his big-game credentials Saturday. His six-inning, 89-pitch effort in a 3-1 victory in Arlington, Texas, not only signaled that his blister problems were likely past tense but it helped get the Dodgers to a winner-take-all Game 7 against Atlanta. That was a development few in their fan base believed possible Thursday night, considering the number who risked sprained ankles jumping off the bandwagon.

(Many made their dismay public on social media. And yes, we know who you are.)

Buehler has emotion bubbling under the surface, but he again demonstrated how good he is at controlling it, even with the bases loaded and none out right after his team gives him the lead.

The Dodgers scored three in the first inning on back-to-back home runs by Corey Seager and Justin Turner and an RBI single by Cody Bellinger. But Travis d’Arnaud’s single off Kiké Hernández’s glove and singles to left by Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson, Buehler’s former college roommate at Vandy, put the Braves in position to get it all back right away in the top of the second.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

      

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