9 wild details from the Dodgers' insane, 18-inning Game 3 win

Question: if I told you that the Red Sox would take a 2-0 World Series lead and then might be forced, a couple of days later, to hand the ball to Drew Pomeranz in a pivotal, potentially series-shifting game, what would you think had happened in the interim?

One pitch later Nunez was sprinting down the line, beating out an errant toss to first by Dodgers pitcher Scott Alexander to allow Brock Holt to score the go-ahead run. You guys know how I feel about what Yadi Molina did (for Puerto Rico) a year ago.

Nearly lost amid Muncy's late inning fireworks was a superb performance from Dodgers rookie starter Walker Buehler who pitched a seven inning gem. "I was telling him, 'Get up".

He became the youngest Dodgers pitcher to throw six or more scoreless innings in a World Series game since Johnny Podres in 1955.

The Dodgers have rendered runners in scoring position generally useless due to their ability to hit the longball, but it continues to haunt them as they have hit just three homers-Pederson's solo shot, Matt Kemp's Game 1 homer off of Chris Sale, and Muncy's 18th-inning blast-over the first three games of the series. He proved it again in sixth on Friday, when he roped a long drive to left field. When Muncy saw Nunez in the seats he tagged and went to second. Kinsler appeared on shaky footing when he scooped it up and fired toward first, and the ball sailed well wide of its target.

"Had the last out in my glove and couldn't get it over there". Boston was one out away from taking a commanding 3-0 lead, but anerror by second baseman Ian Kinsler allowed the Dodgers to tie the game 2-2 inthe 13th inning.

The 24-year-old rookie right-hander needed 26 pitches to retire the first three batters he faced - the most thrown in a 1-2-3 inning in post-season history.

But the Red Sox couldn't close it out.

But not only did the third baseman stay in the game, but he punctuated his toughness in the next half inning when diving into the stands to make a catch on a Cody Bellinger pop-up for the second out of the 13th.

Brilliant outings like Walker Buehler's aren't going to come around every night, and the Dodgers still managed to give him just one run of support before his exit. "And at the end we paid the price", he said.

A story in Bleacher Report quoted Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie being frustrated with Manny Machado for stealing the Red Sox' signs in an obvious way during Game 2.

"I feel like I let the team down right there", he said.

"I lost my footing a little bit".

  • Marlene Weaver