The Tampa Bay Rays started game two with a bang Wednesday night when Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Tony Gonsolin made his first mistake in the top of the first inning. Gonsolin behind in the count at three balls and one strike; the fifth pitch was a four-seam fastball that Rays 2nd Baseman Brandon Lowe made him pay with by hitting it over the left-center wall to give the Rays the 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
The Rays Starting Pitcher Blake Snell started the game with a quick ten pitch inning by striking out both Mookie Betts and Josh Turner with Corey Seager having a fly out after just facing one pitch.
Rays were pretty close to scoring in the second inning when Willy Adames hit a sharp grounder to Dodgers Shortstop Corey Seager, who had a fielder’s choice when he was able to throw out Manuel Margot at home. The Dodgers still could not get anything going in the bottom of the third; Blake Snell had two struck out the Dodgers Corey Seager and Chris Taylor.
The Rays in the 4th Inning wanted some insurance runs when Joey Wendle drove in two runs. That made the score 3-0. Blake Snell still had not allowed a hit or a run and made it through the 4th comfortably. The top of the 5th started slightly different as Kevin Kiermeier would start the 5th inning striking out, followed by Mike Zunino doing the same. Austin Meadows would now come up and single to center. The Rays now had one on base and two outs with Brandon Lowe up to bat. The Dodgers Dustin May needed one more out to go after getting to an 0-2 count, but he made the mistake of throwing a curve that Brandon Lowe put over the fence, making the score now 5-0 and Lowe’s second home run of the game.
The 5th inning did not start the way the Dodgers wanted it to, but they did get two runs back after they finally made some headway against Blake Snell. Snell was able to get the first Dodgers out with a groundout and a strikeout. The next batter to face Snell was Enrique Hernandez, and he drew a walk after five pitches, which would bring up Chris Taylor. Taylor was able to take advantage of Snell’s first mistake when he hit a 77mph curveball for a home run.
The Dodgers still only had two outs in the inning. Tuesday nights star Mookie Betts then was walked, Kyle Seager singled to right field. Rays Manager Kevin Cash then had enough and pulled Blake Snell for reliever Nick Anderson. The Dodgers are now on the board by making it a 5-2 score going into the sixth.
The Rays and Dodgers seemed as if they were now just countering back and forth with runs. Joey Wendle of the Rays knocked in his third run of the day at the top of the inning. Then at the bottom of the 6th Dodgers Catcher, Will Smith hit a solo home run.
Corey Seager was the first batter in the bottom of the 8th. He was on a 1-2 count until Rays Relief Pitcher Peter Fairbanks threw a slider that Seager took advantage of by knocking it over the Center Field wall for his 6th postseason home run of the year. Will Turner was the next batter up, and he doubled to right-center. The Dodgers were now just two runs with a man on second and no outs. Though, the Rays were able to pull through the 8th without giving up any other runs by retiring the next three batters.
The Rays were able to maintain and hold the Dodgers off to win game two. The World Series is tied one to one. Tampa’s Nick Anderson gets the win, Diego Castillo gets the save, and the Dodgers Tony Gonsolin takes the loss.
What: Major League Baseball’s The World Series: Game Three
When: Friday, October 23rd: 8:08 PM Eastern
Where: FOX Television, ESPN Radio
Starting Pitchers: Walker Buehler (Los Angeles Dodgers) vs. Charlie Morton (Tampa Bay Rays)
What I will be looking for: Charlie Morton is the aging veteran for the Tampa Bay Rays. However, the veteran has been on fire this post-season with a 3-0 record, 0.57 ERA, 17 strikeouts, and a 0.96 WHIP. The Dodgers Starting Pitcher will be Walker Buehler, and Walker is an outstanding pitcher who I genuinely feel will be a future Cy Young Winner. I am expecting a pitching matchup that will be very good. I think we will see a pitchers duel with both teams having a combined 24 strikeouts.
Last night, I spoke about what I would be looking for in the Snell vs. Betts matchup. Tonight, Mookie Betts went 0-2 against Snell. He had one strikeout, groundout, and a walk. Betts had a rough night at the plate and, in total went 0-4.
Here is our Game 2 Recap!