The Red Sox lead the World Series, 2-1, but approach Game 4 on Saturday with no starter and a depleted bullpen. With over 53,110 fans in a packed Dodger Stadium, the match-up with the leading Red Sox saw the boys in blue finally get back in the game to garner their first win of the competition so far.
And Kinsler knows he was in large part responsible for helping them dig out of it.
Jackie Bradley Jr. rewarded Alex Cora's trust in him with a game-tying homer in the eighth inning. Couple that with a sense of new life for L.A. after narrowly avoiding falling in a 3-0 hole and this Series could very well be all tied up after the final out Saturday. It comes as no surprise that Friday night/Saturday morning's game produced all kinds of interesting facts and figures in addition to it being the longest World Series game in history.
The Dodgers beat the Red Sox 3-2 in 18 innings, and it didn't end until 2:30 a.m.in Kansas City.
In the bottom half, Max Muncy was on first with one out when Cody Bellinger hit a foul popup near the third-base seats. Puig followed with his grounder up the middle and a stumbling Kinsler made a sidearm sling that bounced way wide of first. I just had the last out in my glove and couldn't get it over there. With two out, a runner on second and the Red Sox clinging to a one-run lead, Yasiel Puig hit a slow roller toward Kinsler.
The story on social media: Twitter was a fun place to wait (and wait and wait) for a hero to emerge in Game 3, but this tweet might sum up the loooong night best.
When asked how this crushing loss would affect Game 4, Bradley said, "Only time will tell". They'll be bragging about staying up to watch the entire game.
Buehler, who previous year watched Game Two of the World Series between Los Angeles and the Houston Astros from the Dodgers Stadium stands, had a much different view on Friday and was the man in the spotlight tossing seven shutout innings.
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A Red Sox' victory appeared a fait accompli in the top of the 10th, with two on, one out and Eduardo Nunez pinch-hitting for the whiff-prone Rafael Devers. "But we're ready to come back tomorrow". This was a gut-wrenching game for both sides.
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