Well how about that game 3? A bottom of the 18th inning walk-off home run by Max Muncy. The Dodgers were up 1-0 thanks to a Joc Pederson home run and a completely dominant Walker Beuhler on the mound until the 8th inning when Jackie Bradley Jr. (who else?) homered off Kenley Jansen to tie it. The teams would go to extra innings, and in the 13th it looked like the Sox might pull off the victory when a throwing error lead to Brock Holt scoring the go ahead run. But the Dodgers would tie it up again, taking advantage of Eduardo Nunez crashing into the seats to make a catch and a bad throw by Ian Kinsler with Muncy being the man to cross the plate then as well. It looked like Muncy had walked it off in the 15th but the ball was JUUUUUUUUUUUUUST foul. Muncy would correct in the 18th and after 7 hours and 20 minutes of baseball. The performance of Beuhler will ultimately go down as a footnote, as will Nathan Eovaldi’s work in relief during extra innings (throwing 98 pitches despite having already worked out of the bullpen in games 1 and 2). Kenta Maeda also did superb work out of the Dodger’s pen, he got into some trouble initially with two on and nobody out but worked his way out of it and struck out 5 in his two innings of work. I don’t think its a stretch to call that one of the most memorable World Series games in recent memory.
And now just over 16 hours later, we’re going to do it again. Rich Hill is (probably, Roberts’ only alternative is Kershaw on short rest but he is playing coy) going for the Dodgers. So far in the playoffs he’s pitched just over 10 innings and struck out 10 while allowing 3 runs in two starts and one relief appearance. The Red Sox starter is confirmed as Eduardo Rodriguez (who faced one batter in game 3 and tossed only 6 pitches). E-Rod hasn’t started since the regular season and his relief stints have been mixed in October. But he’s the best option Cora has. Expect both managers to shake up their lineups with lefties going.
8:09 EST/5:09 PST is our scheduled start. Who’s ready?