Game 4 of the 2018 World Series comes at us tonight from Los Angeles. And after Friday’s 18-inning affair, we’ve got a series on our hands. Thanks to Max Muncy’s walk-off shot in the 18th, the Dodgers have a chance to even things up tonight. But LA can also thank Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler. After all, it’s his error that has made this a series again. With two outs in the bottom of the 13th, Yasiel Puig would ground weakly to second base.
Unfortunately, Kinsler didn’t realize how much time he had.
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That’s not a good throw for a couple of reasons. Of course you can make the argument that Kinsler just needs to take more time. Maybe he doesn’t panic here necessarily, but he does rush the throw. Secondly though, let’s say him rushing the throw is fine. You have to put the throw on the bag. Let’s say Kinsler takes another second and Puig beats the throw — that’s fine! As long as it doesn’t get past the first baseman, the Dodgers are still down to their last out in a one-run game.
Now they have a chance to even things up, and Kinsler feels terrible.
“I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help this team win,” he told reporters following the loss. “I feel terrible. … I feel like I let the team down right there.”
He’s going to have to forget about that quickly, though. Because Game 4 is right around the corner.