Tampa Starting Pitcher Charlie Morton was one strike away from getting out of the first inning with three up and three down, but it did not happen. Morton was hoping that the 94mph fastball he threw would be for the strikeout. That “hope” ended up going 397 feet away from home plate thanks to Los Angeles Dodgers veteran player Justin Turner. Turner hit his 11th career postseason home run tying a Dodgers team record with former Dodger Legend and Hall of Famer Duke Snider.
The Dodgers gave the Rays no grief in the second inning by letting Charlie Morton only needing to throw eight pitches to gain three quick outs. The Dodgers went on to score two runs in the third after a Max Muncy single. Then in the 4th, already having a 3-0 lead, the Dodgers did not let up and continued to score two more runs. Dodgers Catcher Austin Barners hit into a sacrifice that scored Cody Bellinger, and game one hero Mookie Betts followed up with a single that scored Joc Pederson.
Rays’ manager Kevin Cash pulled Charlie Morton from the game after 4.1 inning’s. Morton would end the night, allowing seven hits, five runs. He did have six strikeouts, so if you bet the over on him having 5.5 strikeouts in the game, you made some money. Tampa had nothing working; they were down five runs starting the bottom of the 5th. It did get somewhat better for the Rays’; after getting their first hit off of Walker Buehler in the game, they soon scored their first run. Manuel Margot was the first to get on base for the Rays after hitting a double to left field. Two batters later, Willy Adames also doubled, which helped Tampa get on the board when Margot scored.
The game continued to move along, now going into the 6th inning, the Dodgers would carry on their ways after Austin Barnes hit a solo home run. The homer would give the Dodgers a 6-1 lead going into the 7th after Tampa could not do anything in the sixth inning. The sixth would end up being Buehler’s last inning. He threw ten strikeouts, gave up three hits, allowed one run, and gave up only one walk.
The Dodgers would not score any more runs for the evening and now just had to maintain their five-run lead, which they did for the most part. Blake Treinen would start the seventh inning and was able to strike out two batters. Brusdar Graterol would start and finish the eight without allowing a hit, and then the Dodgers let Kenley Jansen finish the game. Jansen made only one mistake in the ninth, and that was letting Randy Arozarena get ahold of a sinker, which was close to the middle of the strike zone.
The Dodgers win game three by the score of 6-2 and lead the best-of-seven series two to one. Game 4 is on the docket for Saturday night and has an 8:08 pm eastern start.
What: Major League Baseball’s The World Series: Game Four
When: Saturday, October 24th: 8:08 PM Eastern
Where: FOX Television, ESPN Radio
Starting Pitchers Julio Urias (Los Angeles Dodgers) vs. Ryan Yarbrough (Tampa Bay Rays)
What I will be looking for: Well, I predicted on Wednesday that we would see a pitching duel based on the score; I was wrong. I expected that we would see 24 strikeouts between the two teams. I was close with that estimate as they only made it to 23 strikeouts. I would have bet the under anyway. I am expecting the bats to wake up early for the Dodgers again. I think we will see a closer game, but the Dodgers will win, and they will have Kershaw start game five to wrap the series up. I hope I am wrong because playoff Baseball is one of my favorite things in life.