The Tampa Bay Rays started the game how they needed to when Rodney Arozarena hit a record-breaking 10th post-season home run in the top of the first inning. The talk for the first 5.1 innings was about the dominant performance by Rays’ Starting Pitcher Blake Snell.
Snell had allowed only two hits and had nine strikeouts when Tampa manager Kevin Cash pulled his pitcher. The Rays had a hard enough time going against the Dodgers lineup but Kevin Cash helping the Dodgers with his decision-making was not on anyone’s bingo cards.
The Dodgers had nothing going for them until Snell was out of the game. Austin Barnes hit a double off of Snell in the bottom of the fifth inning, and then this was when Cash subsequently pulled Snell. Rays reliever Nick Anderson came into the game to face Mookie Betts; Betts made the Rays’ pay for their mistake quickly as he hit a double to move Barnes to third from first.
Anderson now had two on and no outs as he faced Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager. Then disasters struck as Anderson threw a wild pitch that scored Barnes. Seager was still at the bat, and he was able to hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Mookie Betts, allowing the Dodgers to take a 2-1 lead.
The recaps I write for these World Series games are usually longer, but tonight it does not need to be that way because folks on Twitter did an outstanding job doing it. I would be doing you a disservice by not letting you see what people were saying.
The Rays’ did get out of the inning with only allowing the two runs, but you could tell by the body language the game was over. The Rays’ did nothing and could not do anything about it as they faced some pretty good pitching featuring Brusdar Grateol and Julio Urias.
Fast-forwarding to the bottom of the eighth, now it’s still only a one-run game. Well, it was Dodgers stud Mookie Betts made it a 3-1 game with a solo home run. The Dodgers did not need insurance, though because the Dodgers would win, the Dodgers are your 2020 World Series Champions.
When the game ended, Major League Baseball announced that the Dodgers pulled Justin Turner from the game because of a positive COVID-19 test. This a first comment and an opinion of mine. I genuinely hope this is a false-positive test.
What I am looking for: This series was something else, and kudos to Major League Baseball for giving us an entertaining season of great baseball in a year that we were flat out lucky to see baseball. The Major League Baseball off-season will be exciting, and I want to say that I am so looking forward to covering it here ShootingTheSportsish.com and over the next few weeks, you will see more columns and analysis.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans.