How the Dodgers outlasted the Red Sox in Game 3, inning by inning
The Red Sox fell to the Dodgers, 3-2, in Game 3 of the World Series, a 7-hour-20-minute game, the longest in postseason history.
The Red Sox hold a 2-1 series lead.
Below are updates from the game as it unfolded.
18th inning: Dodgers 3, Red Sox 2
Bottom: Nathan Eovaldi came back in to pitch for Boston, but Max Muncy blasted a solor homer to end the game.
Pitch was a 90 mile per hour cutter. Eovaldi usually throws it about five MPH faster. Outer half to a lefty, curled right into Muncy's barrel. Ballgame.— Owen Pence (@OwenPence) October 27, 2018
Eovaldi’s 97th pitch, matching his own standard for most pitches thrown by any Sox in any game this postseason, is driven out to left-center. Dodgers walk off, and Red Sox must pick up the pieces of a beaten-up staff— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Top: Alex Wood came on to pitch for LA, and walked Sandy Leon. Mookie Betts grounded into a force-out at second, but he was ruled safe at first. Xander Bogaerts grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Betts and Bogaerts now 0-15.— Owen Pence (@OwenPence) October 27, 2018
After he dove into first in Wood’s throw, Betts just kind of laid on the bag for a few extra beats. Exhaustion.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
17th inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 2
Bottom: With Nathan Eovaldi still on the mound, Enrique Hernandez popped out to start the frame. Clayton Kershaw then pinch-hit for Julio Urias, lining out to right. Justin Turner then struck out swinging.
Been covering baseball games since I was 16. High school, Legion, college, minors and now the big leagues. What Eovaldi is doing is the most impressive thing I've seen in a game.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
What?! 96 mph cutter?! Eovaldi is through 6 innings of no earned runs in relief.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Top: Julio Urias replaced Kenta Maeda on the mound. Brock Holt flied out to center before Eduardo Nunez popped out to shallow right field. Then Jackie Bradley Jr. walked, and Christian Vazquez grounded out to end the inning.
16th inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 2
Bottom: Nathan Eovaldi is still on the mound for Boston. Yasiel Puig poppd out for the first out, Eduardo Nunez tracking down a shallow ball to make the catch. Then Austin Barnes flied out to center, and David Freese struck out swinging to end the inning.
Top: With Kenta Maeda still on the mound, Xander Bogaerts, Nathan Eovaldi, and Ian Kinsler all struck out.
Betts and Bogaerts now 0-13 at the top of the Sox order.— Owen Pence (@OwenPence) October 27, 2018
Bogaerts has hobbled in the box after back to back swings/misses.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Clear limp by Bogaerts on the way back to the dugout after the K.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
15th inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 2
Bottom: Nathan Eovaldi remained on the mound for Boston. He struck out Max Muncy on a 10-pitch at-bat. On the ninth pitch, Muncy launched a foul ball that was awfully close to being a home run. Manny Machado then popped out. Cody Bellinger was called out on strikes to end the inning.
69 pitches and still pitching to a gameplan with nasty stuff. Absolutely incredible work by Eovaldi.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Nathan Eovaldi, still throwing gas in his fifth inning then drops a curve to freeze Bellinger.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
Eovaldi has pitched seven innings in the last four days and allowed one unearned run.
This is legendary and he's now on deck.
34 degree launch angle, 96 mph exit velo, juuuuuuust foul for Muncy.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Eovaldi bounces back with a 92 mph swing/miss cutter.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Top: Righthander Kenta Maeda replaced Dylan Floro on the mound. David Freese misplayed a grounder by Eduardo Nunez, who reached first. Maeda then walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to put runners on first and second. Christian Vazquez bunted, and Nunez was forced out at third. Bradley moved to second. Sandy Leon struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. Mookie Betts was then called out on strikes.
Betts 0 for 6 with three strikeouts. He and Bogaerts are 0 for 12.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
8th career three-strikeout game for Betts and his second in postseason play (also 2017 ALDS vs Houston).— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
14th inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 2
Bottom: David Freese grounded out before Enrique Hernanez singled on a ground ball to center field. Then Joc Pederson popped out and Justin Turner flied out to right to end the inning.
Top: Nathan Eovaldi led off the inning and was called out on strikes. Ian Kinsler then flied out to center, and Brock Holt struck out to end the inning. This is officially the longest World Series game by time and innings.
13th inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 2
Bottom: The Dodgers got their lead-off man on first with a walk, as Max Muncy checked his swing on a 3-2 pitch. After Manny Machado flied out, Eduardo Nunez tracked down a foul ball hit by Cody Bellinger for the second out of the inning, and Muncy advanced to second. Nunez’s momentum took him into the stands after he made the catch.
Yasiel Puig hit a grounder up the middle, but Ian Kinsler could not make the throw to first, which allowed Muncy to score and tie the game. Puig did not advance to second after replay review. Austin Barnes popped out to end the inning.
Kinsler lost his footing, we have our second run-scoring error of the 13th, a tie game, and a pulsating Dodger Stadium.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Eovaldi isn’t as sharp tonight: 15 strikes, 13 balls.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
402 combined pitches— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
History repeating? Red Sox are playing their longest WS game since 1916 Game 2 vs the Dodgers’ forebears, the Brooklyn Robins, a 2-1, 14-inning win for Boston.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
The Red Sox have now thrown a complete-game shutout since Pederson delivered the only Dodgers run in the third.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Top: Scott Alexander remained on the mound for LA. Brock Holt drew a lead-off walk. During Eduardo Nunez’s at-bat, Alexander’s pitch bounced into Barnes, who upended Nunez while trying to locate the ball. Holt advanced to second. Nunez was shaken up on the play, but he remained in the game. Nunez then hit a soft-hit, infield chopper, but Alexander couldn’t connect with Enrique Hernandez to make the out. The ball got away from Hernandez, allowing Holt to score. Jackie Bradley Jr. flied out, and Dylan Floro entered the game for Alexander. After Christian Vazquez struck out swinging, Sandy Leon doubled on a line drive to right field. Mookie Betts was then intentionally walked to load the bases. The Dodgers escape the inning after Xander Bogaerts grounded into a forceout.
12th inning: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 1
Bottom: Starter Nathan Eovaldi entered the game, leaving Drew Pomeranz as the lone man in the bullpen. Christian Vazquez moved to first base, bringing Sandy Leon on to catch. Eovaldi retired the side in order: Enrique Hernandez grounded out to first, Joc Pederson flied out the center, and Justin Turner struck out swinging. Eovaldi’s final pitch of the inning was a 101.1-mile per hour fastball to get Turner.
Top: Ryan Madson took the mound for LA. Xander Bogaerts grounded out for the first out, and then Madson was pulled for lefty Scott Alexander. Mitch Moreland struck out swinging, and Ian Kinsler grounded out to end the inning.
11th inning: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 1
Bottom: Heath Hembree relieved Craig Kimbrel. After Cody Bellinger grounded out and Yasiel Puig flied out, Hembree walked Austin Barnes on eight pitches. Chris Taylor worked a full count and struck out swinging to end the inning.
11 innings and there have been only 5 at-bats in this game with runners in scoring position.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
Dodgers 0x3, Sox 0x2.
Hembree in. He's the 11th player the Sox have used in the 9th spot of the order.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
Top: Pedro Baez remained on the mound for LA. After Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out swinging and Christian Vazquez grounded out, Steve Pearce, pinch-hitting for Kimbrel, reached first on a seven-pitch walk. Mookie Betts flied out to center to end the inning.
10th inning: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 1
Bottom: Craig Kimbrel remained on the bound for Boston. Joc Pederson popped out to third before Justin Turner grounded out to third. Max Muncy reached second on a two-out ground-rule double. Manny Machado popped up to end the inning.
Top: Pedro Baez is on the mound for LA. Mitch Moreland lined out to right for the first out. J.D. Martinez reached base on a seven-pitch walk. Ian Kinsler then came on as the pinch-runner. Baez attempted to pick off Kinsler, who was ruled safe. The Dodgers challenged the call, but it was not overturned. Brock Holt singled on a line drive up the middle, and Kinsler advanced to third. Eduardo Nunez flied out to center, but Cody Bellinger was able to make to throw to home in time for catcher Austin Barnes to tag Kinsler.
Extra innings in Game 3.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
Moreland, Martinez and Holt due up. They'll face Pedro Baez.
Ninth inning: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 1
Bottom: David Price took the mound for Boston, and the Sox re-aligned their outfield to normal. Cody Bellinger singled on a line drive to left field. Yasiel Puig then popped out to right. During Yasmani Grandal’s at-bat, Bellinger got caught stealing for the second out.
Grandal reached first on a six-pitch walk, and closer Craig Kimbrel came in for Price. Kimbrel walked Chris Taylor on seven pitches to put runners on first and second. Austin Barnes entered the game to pinch run for Grandal. Pinch-hitting for Kenley Jansen, Brian Dozier popped out in foul territory to end the inning.
Bellinger with a very nice left-on-left approach vs Price, staying on the pitch and waffling a single down the LF line. He’s capable of being a very well-rounded hitter and cutting down K rate.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Top: Kenley Jansen remained on the mound for LA. Andrew Benintendi, pinch-hitting for Matt Barnes, struck out swinging, Mookie Betts flied out to center, and Xander Bogaerts grounded out to end the inning.
Eighth inning: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 1
Bottom: Matt Barnes took the mound for Boston and struck out Joc Pederson on a nine-pitch at-bat. Justin Turner then singled on a line drive to left. Mitch Moreland fielded a shallow hit from Max Muncy to throw Turner out at second. Turner clipped Xander Bogaerts’s right shin on his slide into second base, and Bogaerts was upended after making the throw to first. Muncy was safe. Turner slid into Bogaerts, prompting a visit from a team trainer. Alex Cora switched the alignment of the outfield, moving Jackie Bradley Jr. to left, J.D. Martinez to right, and Mookie Betts to center. Manny Machado then struck out swinging to end the inning.
Barnes fans Machado and pumps his fist after a spin off the mound. Two dudes who don't much like each other there.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
Top: Kelly Jansen replaced Walker Buehler on the mound. After Brock Holt flied out and Rafael Devers struck out, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo blast into the stands to tie the score. Christian Vazquez popped out to end the inning.
Jackie Hero Jr. does it again. Huge homer off Jansen to tie it.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
Can't say I've ever seen him raise his arm like that before. Wow.
Seventh inning: Dodgers 1, Red Sox 0
Bottom: Ryan Brasier replaced Joe Kelly on the mound. Yasiel Puig hit a high-bouncing chopper to third for a single. Mitch Moreland wasn’t able to field Rafael Devers’s throw that was too far off the bag to keep Puig at first. Yasmani Grandal struck out swinging, Chris Taylor lined out to the warning track, and Matt Kemp, pinch-hitting for Buehler, grounded out to strand Puig.
Top: Xander Bogaerts lined out to center, Mitch Moreland was called out on strikes, and J.D. Martinez struck out swinging. Walker Buehler’s pitch count: 108 (72 for strikes). He has struck out seven batters.
Early, Buehler established his fastball and it was so overpowering that it got foul balls rather than solid contact over the plate. Then, he had the whole 5-6 pitch mix, moving up down.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
In the end, the Red Sox just looked baffled to the point where Buehler could miss over the middle. Take this sequence vs Betts: cutter, slider, slider, cutter, then elevated fastball. Betts only swung at pitch 3 and fouled it. (sorry, image is dim) pic.twitter.com/0T2XY1eZy5— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
So, yes, Buehler threw some pitches that were in good zones for hitting. But the Sox hitters couldn't sit on either pitch type or those zones because Buehler wasn't working to them consistently. And if he didn't throw where they were looking, the stuff was too good to hit.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Pitch 108: 98 mph swing/miss vs Martinez to finish the 7th. Amazing, amazing stuff from Buehler.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Sixth inning: Dodgers 1, Red Sox 0
Bottom: Righthandeder Joe Kelly took the mound for Boston. After Mookie Betts caught a shallow line drive from Justin Turner and Max Muncy grounded out, Manny Machado singled off the left-field wall. Machado, who appeared to think his ball was on its way out of the park, did not hustle to first. Cody Bellinger popped out to end the inning.
Betts plays one of the shallowest RFs in MLB, allowing him to get to that Turner fly to shallow right. Puig doesn't get to that ball.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Top: Christian Vazquez was thrown out at first on a chopper up the middle. Pinch-hitting for Eduardo Rodriguez, Blake Swihart grounded out after getting jammed on a check swing. Mookie Betts struck out looking to end the inning.
Fifth inning: Dodgers 1, Red Sox 0
Bottom: Yasmani Grandal’s hard-hit grounder got past a diving Brock Holt for a single. After Chris Taylor flied out to center and Walker Buehler struck out on a failed bunt, manager Alex Cora pulled Porcello from the mound. Lefty Eduardo Rodriguez entered the game. Joc Pederson struck out swinging to end the inning.
Rodriguez stays with the left-on-left changeup (good pitch-calling by Vazquez) to strike out Pederson.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Save one mis-located changeup, Porcello did everything he was supposed to do.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
Only the 4th time this postseason a Red Sox starter left the mound without the lead.
Top: The Red Sox couldn’t get anything going against Walker Buehler, who retired the side in order for the second straight inning.
11 foul balls for the Sox in the first inning, 11 in the four innings since. Buehler has taken control. Very efficient.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
The Red Sox were elite this year vs 95+ mph, but 97-100 is a different gear... particularly now that Buehler is incorporating the whole mix. Buehler and Eovaldi - two pitchers with the ability to drop 100s while throwing 4 additional pitches. Crazy.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Buehler's cutter tonight is averaging 94.2 mph. That would be the hardest cutter (by velo) for any start in MLB this year (min. 10 cutters thrown); Eovaldi is the current standard setter with an avg 94.0 mph cutter on 8/21.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Fourth inning: Dodgers 1, Red Sox 0
Bottom: Rick Porcello notched his fourth strikeout of the game and retired the side in order.
Top: Xander Bogaerts grounded out to short, Mitch Moreland flew out to left, and J.D. Martinez was called out on strikes.
Third inning: Dodgers 1, Red Sox 0
Bottom: Xander Bogaerts made a great throw to first to get Chris Taylor out. Walker Buehler then struck out looking. But on the first pitch of his at-bat, Joc Pederson launched a solo home run to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Pederson’s blast had an exit velocity of 106 miles per hour and traveled an estimated 380 feet. Justin Turner then reached second on a double to left field. Max Muncy flied out to left to end the inning.
Remember, Pederson saw a lot of Porcello’s repertoire in his nine-pitch K. Terrible location on a first-pitch changeup down the middle, and he was ready to ambush. Dodger Stadium has come to life.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Top: Jackie Bradley Jr. reached first on a base hit up the middle, despite a sliding grab and throw by Justin Turner. Bradley then attempted to steal second but was tagged out. Christian Vazquez reached first on a line drive to left, Joc Pederson unable to make the diving catch. Rick Porcello bunted to advance the runner, but Mookie Betts flied out on Walker Buehler’s next pitch. Buehler’s pitch count: 55, 38 for strikes.
Bottom: Cody Bellinger flied out to J.D. Martinez in left field. Yasiel Puig lined out to center, and Yasmani Grandal struck out looking to end the inning. Rick Porcello’s pitch count: 29.
Top: J.D. Martinez, Brock Holt, and Rafael Devers all grounded out. Walker Buehler’s pitch count: 39.
Bottom: After Joc Pederson struck out swinging and Justin Turner flew out to center, righthander Rick Porcello walked Max Muncy on six pitches. Manny Machado grounded out to end the inning.
Top: Lead-off hitter Mookie Betts struck out looking, Xander Bogaerts struck out swinging, and Mitch Moreland popped out to right field. During Betts’s at-bat, righthander Walker Buehler’s pitch velocity hit at least 99 miles per hour four times.
Dave Roberts said yesterday what the Dodgers needed most was for Buehler to work deep into the game. 1-2-3 first inning but took 26 pitches.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
11 foul balls for the Sox in the first. Something to watch as the game goes on.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 27, 2018
Also: As good as Buehler’s stuff is/was (average four-seam velo: 98.8 mph), the Sox swung/missed Just twice in the inning.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Buehler strikes out Betts looking, but Betts makes him labor through an 8-pitch at-bat to open the game. Very impressive start for both.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 27, 2018
Pregame notes and scenes
Martinez: ‘Obviously it’s a huge award. I feel very honored to receive it. From where I was five years ago to today, it’s a blessing.’ Martinez said as he learned about the game, many of the stories were about Hank Aaron.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 26, 2018
Martinez: ‘If you look at the numbers, (Aaron) was the best righthanded hitter in baseball.’— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 26, 2018
Aaron: ‘I told Willie Mays that if he and I were playing they’d probably be sending us to Class D ball’ because of the quality of pitchers’ stuff now.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 26, 2018
Rob Manfred: ‘I know JD is eager to get back to work. I promised I’d be brief.’— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 26, 2018
So far have walked by Sandy Koufax and Fernando Valenzuela. Don Newcombe also will be at the game.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 26, 2018
Today has been a good day and the game hasn't even started yet.
Eovaldi is "slated" to start tomorrow, Cora said. But if they feel the game is there to take, he'll come out of the bullpen. They'd rather lead 3-0 and worry about tomorrow when it comes.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 26, 2018
#RedSox pitchers 4x44 in the WS in the DH era. No XBH, 2 RBIs, 24 Ks.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 26, 2018
Last hit? Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2007. Before then it was Bill Lee (1) and Luis Tiant (2) in 1975.
Has HR was Jose Santiago in Game 1 of '67 off Bob Gibson.
Rick Porcello was 3x7 with two doubles this year ...
JD Martinez has 13 RBIs in 11 postseason games this season and 19 in 18 career postseason games.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 26, 2018
■ RHP Rick Porcello (1-0, 4.22 postseason) and RHP Walker Buehler (0-1, 5.40 postseason) are on the mound.
■ Porcello was 3 for 7 with two doubles and three RBIs in interleague games this season.
■ With no DH, J.D. Martinez will be in left field tonight, meaning Andrew Benintendi is out of the lineup.
|RED SOX (2-0)||DODGERS (0-2)|
|Betts RF||Pederson LF|
|Bogaerts SS||Turner 3B|
|Moreland 1B||Muncy 1B|
|Martinez LF||Machado SS|
|Holt 2B||Bellinger CF|
|Devers 3B||Puig RF|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Grandal C|
|Vázquez C||Taylor 2B|
|Porcello P||Buehler P|
Cora said Mookie Betts would not start at second base in Game 3. But he did not rule out him playing there at some point in the game.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 26, 2018
■ The Sox are 9-0 when scoring first in the postseason. … There were only a handful of Dodgers fans at Fenway Park for Games 1 and 2. But there are a large number of loyal Red Sox fans in southern California and they could make their presence known at Dodger Stadium.
— Peter Abraham
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■ Walker Buehler, a hard-throwing righthander, has been a pillar of strength on the mound for Los Angeles during a stellar rookie season. (Read more)
■ Tara Sullivan: Loyalty has long been a dominant trait of Rick Porcello — just ask his high school coach. (Read more)
■ Dan Shaughnessy: A great place for the Red Sox to beat LA is in LA. Boston teams have had some memorable moments out there, and there could be another. (Read more)
■ Chad Finn: There’s a good reason that Alex Cora is a pro at handling the media. His former colleagues at ESPN believe his TV experience has served him well in his first year at the Red Sox helm. (Read more)
■ The Red Sox are trampling playoff opponents in near-historic fashion. The remarkable consistency they showed in the regular season has carried right on through, making them appear unstoppable. (Read more)