Max Muncy slammed an 18th inning walkoff solo homerun as the Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Friday in a tension-packed marathon that entered the record books as the longest World Series game ever.
Max Muncy's home run leading off the bottom of the 18th inning finally ended the longest World Series game in history early Saturday and gave Los Angeles a 3-2 victory over Boston that drew the Dodgers to 2-1 in the best-of-seven matchup.
The Dodgers, now down three games to one, were in prime position to tie the series at two games apiece, protecting a 4-0 lead in Game 4 as late as two out in the top of the seventh inning.
The All-Star closer served up a one-out homer to Steve Pearce that tied the game at 4-all. A much-needed win, especially after what happened (in Game 3). For L.A.: likely Game 4 starter Rich Hill and Game 2 starter Hyun-jin Ryu. They blew the same lead in Game 5 against the Houston Astros before losing in seven. I think everyone's been yelling.
Fatigue down on the diamond was obvious but there was eventually a victor - Max Muncy's walk-off home run to left field creeping over the wall and making for a fine conclusion.
Only six teams have overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win the World Series, according to The Associated Press. He hurled eight shutout innings in a dominant Game 2 performance during the NLDS and put away the Brewers with seven frames of one-run ball in Game 5 of the NLCS.More news: Sky sources: Jamal Khashoggi's body parts found
For the Dodgers, Rich Hill is starting after all. "It was a long sixth [inning] for us", said Roberts.
Los Angeles' bullpen threw 170 pitches - a pittance compared to the Boston bullpen's 222 pitches, and a possible advantage in Game 4.
Boston went ahead in the 13th when Brock Holt scored from second on a bad fielding exchange between Dodgers reliever Scott Alexander and second baseman Enrique Hernandez. The ebullient Cuban right fielder has gone in and out of favor in Los Angeles, but his homer was his 50th postseason hit, fourth-most in Dodgers history.
Before the game, the Dodgers stirred some happy memories for their fans by bringing out Kirk Gibson to throw the ceremonial first pitch.
Andrew Benintendi bats second and plays left field, with shortstop Xander Bogaerts dropping to fifth in the batting order.
After throwing only six pitches of relief in Game 3, Eduardo Rodriguez largely stymied the Dodgers over the first five innings. The Dodgers have yet to confirm their starter.