This tweet sums up the game entirely, but here is a rundown for what will go down as World Series Classic
Josh Turner broke a franchise home run record when he connected with Tampa Bay Rays’ Pitcher Ryan Yarborough to help his Dodgers start the game with a 1-0 lead. The second night in a row, Turner hit a home run in the first home run.
Randy Arozarena was able to get on first base after hitting a single into center field in the first inning. Two batters later, Manuel Margot was up to bat but only faced one pitch. Arozarena stole second base, but the Dodgers challenged after seeing the replay. The replay clearly showed that Will Smith’s throw and the tag from Hernandez were on time and showed that they got Arozarena in time, and the call had been overturned, ending the inning with the Dodgers 1-0 lead without the Rays able to the game.
The Dodgers and the Rays combined for only one hit in the second inning, an excellent leaping catch by Mookie Betts. It was a line drive that Betts perfectly timed, and it indeed would have been the second hit of the inning. Dodgers fans in Arlington showed their appreciation for Mookie and chanted “Mookie.” The Fox Production team was able to get a good shot of him reacting.
We are now at the top of the third inning, and the Dodgers do what they usually do, and that was hitting another home run with two outs on the board. Dodgers Corey Seager hit a curveball that ended up going over the right-field fence. The Dodgers now led 2-0 before the start of the fourth inning.
The Rays’ are now going into the bottom of the fourth, and not much is getting done. However, things would change when Tampa’s most surprising postseason players, Randy Arozarena, got the Rays on board when he hit a 399 foot home run. The score was now 2-1, and we now have an even closer game.
The game continues, and we still see the cat and mouse chase as one team will score a run, and then the other team will also score a run during their next at-bat. We are now at the top of the fifth. The Dodgers continue making teams pay when they already have two outs. Max Muncy was able to drive-in Corey Seager from second. Seager got into scoring position because of a wild pitch by Rays’ Reliever Pete Fairbanks. We now make it to the bottom of the fifth and, Tampa’s Right-Fielder Hunter Renfroe would lead off the inning and hit a home run to now make it a 3-2 game.
The game is now at the top of the sixth, and the Dodgers are up. Will Smith of the Dodgers starts the inning with a walk. Two batters later, A.J. Pollock also walks; this now gives the Dodgers two runners on base and only one out. A few minutes later, the Dodgers now have two outs, and Enrique Hernandez is now up with two outs. Hernandez doubles and Smith scores, which continues to help the Dodgers with their outstanding batting when they already have two outs. The Dodgers now lead 4-2 as they now head to the bottom of the sixth.
The Rays’ are now twelve outs away from game four ending and being down in the series three games to one. The inning would start with Randy Arozarena getting another hit, this one for a single. Rays’ manager Kevin Cash has Ji-Man Choi pinch-hit for Mike Brosseau, and Choi draws a walk. The Rays’ would now pinch-hit for Manuel Margot as they send Hunter Renfroe to bat. Renfroe would strikeout in three pitches. Brandon Lowe is now up and battled with Pedro Baez to a two and two count, and on the fifth pitch, Lowe won the battle as he planted a 95 mph 4-seam fastball 399 feet to left-center. The Rays now lead in the game 5-4 going into the top of the seventh.
The seventh has started, and the game has been outstanding. The Dodgers are threatening again with two outs with the bases loaded. Joc Pederson is now in the game as he pinch-hits for A.J. Pollock, and Pederson does his job and delivers with a single that drove in two runs. Brandon Lowe nearly caught Pederson’s solid hit after the ball hit the top of his glove. The Dodgers retake the lead 6-5 going as they head to the bottom of the seventh.
This game has been unbelievably good; I cannot imagine how fans of either the Dodgers and Rays fans feel right now. Rays’ Kevin Keirmaier is up with only one out. He hits an 87 mph changeup over the right-field wall. We are tied 6-6 going to the top of the eight.
I think that this might be the best World Series game that I have ever seen. The top of the eighth for the Dodgers started with a Chris Taylor double to deep center. Enrique Hernandez would try to bunt Taylor over to third; however, the bunt attempt did not work as it was a pop up to third. Mookie Betts is up, but on the second pitch, he grounded out. Taylor has not been able to advance from second base. However, the Dodgers now have two outs, and based on recent history, that is a good thing because the Dodgers’ Kyle Seager hit a single to left-field, and Taylor was able to score, and now the Dodgers have retaken the lead and lead 7-6.
The bottom half of the eighth and the top of the ninth were uneventful, considering that at the bottom of the fourth, each team would score at least one run every inning until they got to the bottom of the eighth. Those back half from the eighth and the top half of the ninth is when the pitching dual started. Dodgers relievers Adam Kolarek and Brusdar Graterol shut down the Rays’ in the eighth other than allowing one hit. John Curtiss came into the game at the top of the ninth and pitched well against the Dodgers, only allowing one hit. We are now at the bottom of the ninth, and the Rays’ have to score one run to keep the game going or score two runs to even the series.
The bottom ninth started with “hope” for the Rays’ as Dodgers’ Closing Pitcher Kenley Jansen came in to close the game. The first batter Jansen faced was Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, and he struck him out after starting the count down 2-0. The next batter due up was Kevin Kiermaier; Kiermaier swung at the first pitch and hit a single. Then the next batter up with one man on was Joey Wendle. Wendle was at 2-1 count when he swung at a 92 mph sinker; he hit into a line out. The next batter up with one on and two out was Randy Arozarena. Arozarena, who has had an outstanding postseason, was able to draw a walk after seven pitches. The walk now moved Kiermaier to second as Arozarena would now be on first base.
The Rays’ now had two on and two out as Brett Phillips would head to the plate. Phillips singles to right-center. Kiermaier was going to score from second base at ease. The play continued because Dodgers outfielder Chris Taylor mishandled the ball. Randy Arozarena scored on the walk-off because Dodgers catcher Will Smith lost the ball when trying to do a sweeping tag. Tampa has tied the series two games apiece.
The Tampa Bay Rays win game four, and it was one of the best games that I have ever seen. The Rays’ have tied the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. Game 5 is set for Sunday night and has an 8:08 pm eastern start.
What: Major League Baseball’s The World Series: Game Five
When: Sunday, October 25th: 8:08 PM Eastern
Where: FOX Television, ESPN Radio
Starting Pitchers Clayton Kershaw* (Los Angeles Dodgers) vs. Tyler Glasnow* (Tampa Bay Rays)
*Pitchers are currently listed as probable when published.
What I will be looking for: After this game, I don’t have any idea what to expect anymore. This Dodgers team was one out away from having a three to one-game lead. The series is now tied, and I genuinely believe this ninth could be disastrous for the Dodgers.