Game 4 was a topsy turvy affair to say the least. The Dodgers took an early 1-0 lead as bad Boston defense once again lead to a Dodger run, and then Yasiel Puig hit a 3 run home run and the Dodgers looked set. Rich Hill was dominating much as Walker Beuhler had in Game 4. Hill though was lifted in the 7th inning after a leadoff walk and a strikeout….and it all went wrong from there. Scott Alexander and Ryan Madson combined to give up 3 runs to the Red Sox (Madson has now allowed all 7 inherited runners he’s come in with during World Series games to score). Kenley Jansen took the mound in the 8th looking for the two inning save, only to blow it by allowing a Steve Pearce home run. Dylan Floro, Alex Wood, and Kenta Maeda would all be victimized by timely Red Sox hitting in the 9th to watch a 4-0 lead turn into a 9-4 deficit. Enrique Hernandez would homer off of Craig Kimbrel to draw the Dodgers back within three runs but the rally would fall short.
Now we are at Game 5 and Clayton Kershaw vs Chris Sale is…….. NOT the matchup we will be getting. Despite Sale being announced as the Game 5 starter on Saturday, Alex Cora ended his post-Game 4 press conference announcing that it would be David Price taking the mound against Kershaw Sunday night saying that the Red Sox like Price better in the NL park. Which would seem to indicate the shoulder that’s been bothering Sale since August remains an issue (Cora says he will start Game 6 in Boston if necessary) and keeping him out means he doesn’t have to hit.
It is a do or die game for Los Angeles. There are only 4 other teams to overcome a 3-1 World Series deficit, the most recent one being the Chicago Cubs in 2016. First pitch is at 8:15 EST/5:15 PST.