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Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California Attendance: 54,400
Neither Dodgers nor Red Sox announce Game 4 starter
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- The Red Sox have lost each of their last two World Series in which they held 2-1 series leads (1946 vs. Cardinals; 1986 vs. Mets). When teams trail 2-1 in the Series and play at home in Game 4, they are 26-23 (.531) in that game all-time. This will be the 10th time the Dodgers franchise will play in such a game -- the Yankees are second with six such games, and no other franchise has played in more than three.
- Last night, the Red Sox hit .123 (7-for-57) and the Dodgers hit .180 (11-for-61). It was the first World Series game that both teams hit .180 or lower since 2001 - the Yankees (.103) and Diamondbacks (.179) in Game 2. These teams have hit a combined .196 in this World Series, on pace for the lowest combined batting average in any World Series since the Mets and Orioles hit a combined .184 in 1969.
- Prior to Game 3, no player had ever gone 0-for-7 or worse in a World Series game. On Friday, Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-8 and Mookie Betts was 0-for-7 -- part of an 0-for-28 combined performance by the top four spots in the Red Sox's lineup. That's the most hitless at-bats by a team's first four lineup spots in the live-ball era (regular season or postseason).
- Dodgers pitchers had 19 strikeouts in Game 3, the most ever by any team in a World Series game. The Cardinals struck out 17 Tigers in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series, and that's the only other team to ever record more strikeouts than the Red Sox's 15 in Game 3. The Dodgers and Red Sox combined for 34 strikeouts, nine more than any other World Series game all-time (five games tied w/ 25).
- Jackie Bradley Jr. had five total bases last night (home run and a single), but the Red Sox only had 11 as a team. Bradley and Eduardo Nunez each had two hits last night, and each has accounted for 16.2 percent of the team's total bases in this World Series, tied for the team lead. During the regular season, Bradley (7.5 percent) and Nunez (7.3 percent) ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, in percentage of the Red Sox's total bases.
- Max Muncy is the first player to hit a walkoff home run in extra innings in a World Series game since current Dodger David Freese did so for the Cardinals in 2011, and only the ninth player to do it all-time. The only other time the Red Sox or Dodgers have been involved in such a home run was Carlton Fisk's walkoff homer for Boston in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series vs. the Reds.
- With his home run last night, Joc Pederson's career slugging percentage in World Series games is .750. That is tied for the sixth-highest mark all-time (minimum 30 PA). Those ahead of him: Barry Bonds (1.294), George Springer (1.000), Troy Glaus (.846), David Ortiz (.795), and Reggie Jackson (.755). Pederson is tied with Hideki Matsui (.750) and directly ahead of Babe Ruth (.744) and Lou Gehrig (.731) on this list.
- Game 3 lasted longer than the entirety of the 1939 World Series, when the Yankees swept the Reds in four games that took a combined seven hours and five minutes. Last night's game took seven hours and 20 minutes.
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers sound like they will have no trouble finding the energy for Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday, while the Boston Red Sox were left formulating a plan for what comes next.
The Dodgers not only earned a dramatic 3-2 victory in 18 innings of Game 3 to get back into the series after two defeats at Boston, they talked about being in a good spot for Game 4 despite using their entire bench and every relief pitcher.
The Red Sox also used every bench player and every reliever, but also threw three starters into the mix, including their scheduled Game 4 starter Nathan Eovaldi. In fact, Eovaldi went six innings and 97 pitches before giving up a game-ending home run to Max Muncy.
The Red Sox hinted at a plan for Saturday's starting pitcher, but they just weren't willing to divulge it yet.
"We'll sit down now and go over it," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after a 7-hour, 20-minute Game 3. "Somebody will start, most likely a lefty."
Drew Pomeranz, who did not pitch Friday, is one of four lefties on the Boston staff, along with Game 1 starter Chris Sale, Game 2 starter David Price and Eduardo Rodriguez, who pitched one-third of inning Friday.
Not only did Rick Porcello throw a solid 4 2/3 innings for Boston, Price also joined the fray Friday, working two-thirds of an inning.
The Dodgers seemed to have their starting pitcher situation settled, but around an hour after the final out of Game 3 they announced that their Game 4 starter as "TBA." It could mean the club is thinking about a change from left-hander Rich Hill to left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who wobbled a bit in his Game 1 start.
Kershaw would be pitching Saturday on three days of rest if he sees action in Game 4. One possibility is that Kershaw and Hill piggyback each other Saturday to ease the burden on the bullpen.
But manager Dave Roberts sounded more than happy with the status of his bullpen. No Dodgers reliever went more than two innings, although Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez and Kenta Maeda all were asked to get six outs.
"The way that our pen got the outs they needed, they did a heck of a job," Roberts said. "You look at (Game 4) after playing 7 hours and 20 minutes, our pen is in pretty good shape. There were some guys we wanted to stay away from (in Game 3), namely (Ryan) Madson, Julio (Urias). But for those guys to give us some big outs and to pick us up when we needed it, it's kind of a signature of our ballclub."
What has not been a signature is the Dodgers' struggle for offense. They got away with it in winning their first game of this World Series because of a brilliant seven-inning start from Walker Buehler and a stingy bullpen outside of Jackie Bradley Jr.'s home run off Jansen.
The Dodgers have averaged just three runs a game in the series and did not have an extra-base hit for 74 consecutive played appearances until Joc Pederson hit a third-inning home run Friday.
The Red Sox are in an uncharacteristic offensive slumber as well. The top four batters in the Boston lineup went a combined 0-for-28 in Game 3, including an 0-for-7 performance from likely AL-MVP Mookie Betts and an 0-for-8 game from Xander Bogaerts.
Updated October 27, 2018