Red Sox lose 18-inning heartbreaker to Dodgers
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The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in Game Three of the World Series. It was the longest game in postseason history, lasting 18 innings and seven hours and twenty minutes. With the victory, the Dodgers close the gap in the seres lead, trailing Boston 2-1. Rick Porcello made the start for the Red Sox while Walker Buehler did so for the Dodgers. The game was played at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.
It was the Buehler show for the first half of the game, as the Dodgers young stud shutdown the Red Sox lineup. In seven innings pitched, he gave up no runs and allowed just two hits. The right-hander rode a third inning homerun from Joc Pederson in throughout his appearance.
The homer to Pederson was the only damage allowed by Red Sox starter Rick Porcello. Pretty Rick tossed 4 and 2/3 innings of one earned run ball. He struck out five batters and walked one, getting removed at just 61 pitches. Alex Cora opted to gamble by putting left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to record the final out in the 5th. At the time, it worked out swimmingly but, because the game lasted so long, it seems he may have gotten yanked a little early.
After that, it was the story of sheer dominance from the Red Sox bullpen. Rodriguez, Joe Kelly, Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes, David Price, Craig Kimbrel and Heath Hembree combined for 6 1/3 scoreless innings. When it was all said and done, the Sox had nobody left on the bench and just Drew Pomeranz in the bullpen.
Nathan Eovaldi, who was loosely supposed to pitch Game Four, was summoned in the 12th inning. He put together one of the most impressive bullpen appearances of all-time but, alas, the Red Sox offense failed him. Out of the bullpen, he went 6 innings of one earned run ball. He tossed 97 pitches in the outing.
It seemed like Boston had the game wrapped up in the 13th after scoring a hard-earned Eduardo Nunez created run in the top of the frame. Eovaldi came out for the inning and was an out away from taking the team to victory. With a runner on second, Yasiel Puig grounded a routine ball right to Ian Kinsler. He fielded the ball with plenty of time, lost his footing and sailed the throw. This allowed Muncy to score from second and the game persisted until the 18th.
On Eovaldi’s 97th pitch, Max Muncy clobbered a homer the other way to left field. The Dodgers walked off on a solo homer in the 18th inning.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at 8:09 p.m. eastern tonight. The Dodgers will feature Rich Hill as their starter while the Red Sox starter has yet to be determined.