Max Muncy ends longest game in World Series history with Game 3 home run


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Via:  tig  •  2 years ago  •  17 comments

Max Muncy ends longest game in World Series history with Game 3 home run
According to the Baseball Gauge, the host team -- the Red Sox, in this case -- goes on to win 73.2 percent of the time. 

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The  Los Angeles Dodgers  defeated the   Boston Red Sox   3-2 in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series on Friday night.   It was an 18-inning affair that doubled as the longest game in World Series history . As a result, the Red Sox now lead the best-of-seven series by a 2-1 margin. The two sides will play again in Los Angeles on Saturday. 

But before we learn whether or not the series will last that long, let's focus on what happened Friday -- and, well, into Saturday. Here are 11 things you need to know about Game 3.

1. Muncy walks it off

It took until the 18th, but   Max Muncy   ended the game with a walk-off homer against Nathan Eovaldi, who was nearing 100 pitches in relief. In the process, he made some history:   Earlier in the game, in the 15th, Muncy had nearly ended the game on a long flyball that went foul.   With one swing, Muncy seemed to breathe new life into the Dodgers' championship hopes. We'll see if it they remain.

2. Nunez central in unusual 13th

Eduardo Nunez   has been critiqued throughout the postseason for a lack of production and poor defense. He's making up for it in this series, including with a crucial Game 1 home run. 

In Game 3, Nunez came to the plate in the top of the 13th and   was upended during the at-bat   when   Austin Barnes   attempted to retrieve a ball.   Brock Holt   was able to advance to second. It looked like Nunez was injured and may have to exit -- which would've been an issue, considering the Red Sox had exhausted their position player supply. 

Soon thereafter, Nunez hit a grounder to the pitcher and raced to first in an attempt to reach on an infield single. He was safe no matter what, as the ball got away, but remained down once more. Again Nunez stayed in. Perhaps the fact that Holt had scored the go-ahead run helped ease whatever pain he was in at the time. 

No one expected Nunez to play a big role in this series. Yet he continued to do so in the bottom half of the frame. Nunez made a running grab on a pop-up from his shifted position, causing him to go into the stands. That allowed Max Muncy to advance to second, and he'd soon score on an error by Ian Kinsler that would've ended the game had it been an out. 

Rather, the game roared on, ensuring that Nunez's heroics would soon be overshadowed. 

3. Red Sox bullpen keeps them in it

Speaking of unlikely heroes, the Red Sox bullpen started its long night in the fifth, when   Rick Porcello   departed after 4 2/3 innings. Porcello had allowed a run at that point, but the Dodgers wouldn't add to their total in the frame. 

Rather,   Eduardo Rodriguez   escaped the fifth. Then   Joe Kelly ,   Ryan Brasier ,   Matt Barnes ,   David Price ,   Craig Kimbrel ,   Heath Hembree , and   Nathan Eovaldi   -- who was originally scheduled to start Game 4 on Saturday -- combined to keep the Dodgers off the board over the ensuing nine-plus frames. Obviously Eovaldi gave up a run (unearned) in the 13th and then another (earned) in the 18th, but the Red Sox bullpen essentially threw a hidden shutout. 

Despite the final result, Eovaldi in particular deserves kudos for essentially throwing his start a night ahead of time. 

4. Bellinger redeems self in eventful 10th

Cody Bellinger   was picked off despite representing the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. He made up for it in the 10th inning.

First, to set up the scene: the Red Sox had runners on the corners with one out. If only it was that straightforward.   Ian Kinsler , who was on third,   had nearly been picked off at first base (replay confirmed he was safe), and later was almost tagged out after over-sliding third :

Kinsler attempted to score on a Nunez fly to center, yet Bellinger made a strong throw on the catch. Austin Barnes was able to catch the ball up the third-base line and apply the tag, sending the game into the bottom of the 10th tied at 1-1.

5. Buehler was fantastic

It can be argued that   Walker Buehler   was the Dodgers' most reliable starter in the regular season. He started eight more games than   Hyun-Jin Ryu   did, and posted a better ERA and FIP than everyone else in Los Angeles' rotation. Wherever he ranked, he looked like No. 1 on Friday.

Buehler threw seven innings, permitting two hits and no runs. He struck out seven batters. Both the hits he allowed came in the third inning, and each was a bases-empty single. Buehler generated 12 swinging strikes on 108 pitches -- 10 of those came on fastball varieties. By the way, he averaged 98 mph on his heater and maxed out at 100 mph.

Keep in mind, this was Buehler's first career World Series start. His team was in a 2-0 hole. He was facing a lineup that tends to score runs and doesn't tend to strike out. Add it all together and this was one of the best pitching performances we've seen all month.

6. Jansen stretches, blows save

Dodgers closer   Kenley Jansen   had not appeared in the World Series prior to Friday. It was a safe bet, then, that he would get into the game at some point, provided it was close. Boy, did he. Dave Roberts tasked Jansen with working the eighth and ninth for his seventh two-plus-inning appearance in the last three postseasons.  

Alas, Jansen didn't close the door. Instead, he allowed a game-tying home run to   Jackie Bradley   Jr. in the eighth. He did recover to keep the game tied through the rest of the eighth and the ninth. But his appearance does raise questions about whether he'll be available -- or, perhaps, for how long -- in each of the subsequent games in Los Angeles.

7. Bradley Jr. comes up big once more

Give Bradley Jr. credit: Dude makes the most of his hits.

Entering the night, Bradley Jr. had six hits this postseason. Two were home runs, another two were doubles.   He added two more hits on Friday, with one being a game-tying homer against Jansen :

Bradley Jr. won the ALCS MVP award by virtue of coming up with a couple of big hits. He's unlikely to win the World Series MVP, but he played an important role in Game 3 all the same.

8. Pederson homers again

A   Joc Pederson   home run in the third inning represented the only score for most of the game. For Pederson, it was his fourth home run in six World Series starts.   That's efficient, and notable :

Pederson entered the night a career .247/.340/.473 postseason hitter in 40 games.

9. Machado gets in trouble over hustle

Manny Machado   raised eyebrows during the NLCS when he disclosed that he knows he's not a big-time hustler -- and that he's unsure if he can change that. Everyone is likely to be reminded of those comments after what he did on Friday, watching a ball he perceived to be a home run -- then regretting it after the ball banged off the wall and he was held to a single:

The next batter, Cody Bellinger, made an out to end the inning. In a sense, it probably didn't matter either way.   But reasonable people can agree there's a difference between running out a routine grounder and making an effort to leg out a potential extra-base hit in the World Series .

10. History says ….

You might wonder what the empirical data says about a best-of-seven series entering a 2-1 state like the one in front of us.   According to the Baseball Gauge , the host team -- the Red Sox, in this case -- goes on to win 73.2 percent of the time. 


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1  seeder  TᵢG    2 years ago

This was an amazing game to watch.   Probably will be the last bit of excitement from the series.   The Red Sox tapped all of their resources yesterday, but clearly are capable of coming back today with a win today, forcing the Dodgers to win the last game at home and both games at Fenway park.    Not bloody likely.

However, should the Dodgers somehow win tonight, we have ourselves a world series!

2  Kathleen    2 years ago

That was something!

 It went on for 6 hours. 

I watched part of it, but could not stay up.  It was over around 3 here on the east coast. 

3  sandy-2021492    2 years ago

Poor Eovaldi.  That had to hurt.

4  Tacos!    2 years ago

Max Muncy! The Everyman baseball hero. You have to love this guy and his path to where he is now. He's 28 but just completed his first full season in the big leagues. Before that he played 6 seasons of minor league ball and only about 50 games each for the A's in 2015 and 2016 (batting around the Mendoza line). Now he hits a walk-off home run in a World Series game. Very exciting.

4.1  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  Tacos! @4    2 years ago

Very pleased that it was Muncy to hit the winning run rather than Manny Machado.

Split Personality
4.1.1  Split Personality  replied to  TᵢG @4.1    2 years ago

Manny who should have hustled down the first base line and at least had a double?

That one?

Disappointing base running and strike outs on high heat by several players on both teams.

Some people just never learn...

4.1.2  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  Split Personality @4.1.1    2 years ago

He is an extremely talented player but, alas, he is also an arrogant, cheating jerk.

4.1.3  Tacos!  replied to  TᵢG @4.1    2 years ago
Manny Machado

Talented player, but kind of a punk.

5  seeder  TᵢG    2 years ago

Game 4:  Puig blasts (finally) a 3-run home run.  Dodgers 4, Red Sox 0.   If the Dodgers win this game we have a series.

5.1  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  TᵢG @5    2 years ago

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5.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  TᵢG @5.1    2 years ago

Go Dodgers!

5.1.2  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  Texan1211 @5.1.1    2 years ago

Would be nice.   We either have a tied series with an uphill battle for the Dodgers or we have an almost certain WS win for the Red Sox.

5.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  TᵢG @5.1.2    2 years ago

I kind of like the Red Sox, and if they were playing any other team besides my Dodgers, I could root for them.

been a diehard Dodger fan my whole life!

Sox should win but I want the Dodgers!

5.1.4  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  Texan1211 @5.1.3    2 years ago

I want the Dodgers to win because I want to see a 6 or 7 game World Series.   I wanted to see the Astros vs the Brewers.   (sigh)

5.1.5  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  TᵢG @5.1.4    2 years ago

Oh well, looks like this game is toast.   Red Sox likely win the WS tomorrow.

Buzz of the Orient
6  Buzz of the Orient    2 years ago

This brings back the cherished memory of having watched a Red Sox game in Fenway Park a little more than a quarter century ago, a home run hit over the green monster and a delicious in-the-park snack - had great seats close to the field near 3rd base so a great view of that home run.  

6.1  seeder  TᵢG  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6    2 years ago

Wow, over the green monster even.   Tough way to go.   


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