Houston’s Charlie Morton did deserve better. Then again, the same could be said for LA’s Alex Wood. Of course, there would only be one winner in Saturday night’s Game 4. After all, that’s how this works.
Oh, and as for Yulieski Gurriel? 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
All night, Minute Maid Park was quiet. Okay, not literallya��just on the scoreboard. Alex Wood was shoving, as was Charlie Morton. Wood would last 5.2 innings, surrendering just one hita��more on that shortlya��while striking out three and walking two others. Morton, meanwhile, would toss 6.1 innings of three-hit baseball. And while he wasn’t on the mound when the Dodgers tied the ballgame, the run was his.
So how did we get there?
Well after nearly six no-hit innings, there stood Alex Wood on only 83 pitches. The 84th would be his last, as George Springer deposited it into left field.
Of them, only 49 (58 percent) went for strikes. Yet the lefty was as effective as he needed to be. Now he turns the ball over to Clayton Kershaw for Game 5 with the series even. Not bad if you’re the Dodgers, right? And make no mistake about it, he’s ready:
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But we had to get there first.
So after going behind in the sixth, the Dodgers answered immediately. Following a Justin Turner groundout, Cody Bellingera��hitless in the series up until this pointa��doubled to left. After a Yasiel Puig flyout, Logan Forsythe came through in the clutch:
A single up the middle. A brand new ballgame. And then, a momentous implosion in the ninth.
Ken Giles doesn’t have it this postseason. We don’t know what’s going on with him either. But Saturday night was another disappointing chapter. Zero outs recorded, two hits surrendered and three runs allowed (all earned). That said, he wasn’t even on the mound when most of the damage was done. After allowing a single to Corey Seager and walking Turner, Bellinger would notch his second hit of the World Series. Another double:
That was it for Giles, but not for the Dodgers. Joe Musgrove entered and struck out Puig. Then Austin Barnes hit a sac-fly to right. But just when Musgrove looked like he was about to get out of the inning, Joc Pederson happened.
Kenley Jansen would toss a 14-pitch ninth, allowing Houston’s second hita��an Alex Bregman solo shota��in the process. But the Dodgers will take that. So too, I imagine, will Jansen. Because now that this series is tied, we’re guaranteed at least one more game in Los Angeles. We’re guaranteed at least six games in this series.
The only question that remains is: will the Dodgers hold the advantage after Sunday night?