The Dodgers kept me up till 1am to get an 18 inning win to get back in the series in game 3. This game was a quick turnaround as Rich Hill took on Eduardo Rodriguez as the Dodgers looked to tie the series. Both teams looked tired from yesterdays 7 hr game as both teams couldn’t get going. Rich Hill looked dominant tonight keeping the Red Sox hitters of balance.
Had no chance 😮
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) October 28, 2018
It took the Dodgers till the 6th inning to finally wake up. David Freese hit by pitch. Justin Turner then hit a double with one out. Manny Machado then was walked. Cody Bellinger then grounded out into a fielders choice. Hernandez was thrown out at home. Christian Vasquez then tried to double up Cody Bellinger but threw the ball away and Justin Turner scored and the Dodgers took the lead. Then Yasiel Puig came up to bat and did this.
LA IS ROCKING! pic.twitter.com/IT9hkVIoyH
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 28, 2018
At this point with the stadium rocking and 4-0 lead. The Dodgers were in good shape to tie this series and send it back to Boston. Rich Hill was taken out after giving up only one hit in the top of the 7th with one out. Scott Alexander came in with one man on base and walked Brock Holt. He was taken out and in came in Ryan Madson. Ryan Madson got Jackie Bradley Jr.to make an out. Mitch Moreland came in to pinch hit. The Dodgers infield met with Madson to go over something. On the first pitch, Moreland hit a three run shot and the score 4-3 Dodgers.
In the top of the 8th, Kenley Jansen came in and got Andrew Benentendi out. Steve Pearce then came up and hit a solo shot to tie the score 4-4. Second night in a row that Jansen has given up a homerun. The air went out of the stadium even though the game was tied. In the bottom of the 8th, the Dodgers had an opportunity with runners and two outs. Yasmani Grandal struck out to end that threat.
Dylan Floro came in to pitch the 9th. Brock Holt hit a double. Rafael Devers then singled in a run. Mookie Betts was walked and Alex Wood was brought in. Wood gave up an infield single. Kenta Maeda came in to face Steve Pearce. Pearce hit a double to score three runs. Xander Bogearts then singled in a run and the score was 9-4. Kike Hernandez hit a two run shot in the 9th and the final score was 9-6.
Boston is a great hitting team, but the record shows they are a poor hitting team against lefty fastballs, apparently especially sweeping lefty curveballs like Hill throws. Roberts for the second straight game went to closer Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning. Jansen is his best reliever, but the eighth inning hasn’t been his friend. Rather than call on Pedro Baez, his second best reliever, he installed Dylan Floro, who’s a decent pitcher but far from a bullpen star, into a tie game in the ninth inning.
Roberts stuck with the righty to face left-handed pinch hitter Rafael Devers instead of going to Pedro Baez. Roberts probably should have walked Devers with a base open, or at the very least called upon lefty Alex Wood to face Devers with the game on the line.