At 18 innings and over seven hours long, Game 3 between the Red Sox and Dodgers set records for the longest game in World Series history. Los Angeles finally broke the stalemate in the 18th with a walk-off home run from Max Muncy to give the Dodgers the 3-2 win and cut the Red Sox’s series advantage in half. In case you missed the action from Friday night, we recap some of the most important moments in the game.
Joc Pederson home run in 3rd inning
The scoring opened in the bottom of the third when the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson pulled a line drive down the right field line and over the fence. Pederson’s home run made it 1-0 Los Angeles and extended the Dodgers’ win probability by 13% to 64%.
This was the first pitch of the at-bat from Red Sox pitcher, Rick Porcello. Porcello attempted a breaking ball on Pederson, but left it high and inside.
Result speaks for itself here, Rick Porcello cannot leave a breaking ball over the middle of the plate like that in the perfect position for Pederson to yank it down the line. It appears Vazquez was hoping the pitch would be a bit lower and more outside.
Buehler finishes appearance with payoff heater
Boston’s top four batters went a shocking 0-23 Friday night. J.D. Martinez’s second strikeout of the evening came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. This was the final pitch of Walker Buehler’s night, as the 24-year-old went seven innings pitched, no runs, two hits, seven strikeouts and no walks.
Despite throwing 108 pitches, Walker Buehler was able to maintain high-velocity pitches all the way to the very end. His final pitch of the game was a high heater at 97.8mph. Martinez’s strikeout moved win probability to 80% for Los Angeles and the Dodgers went to the bottom of the seventh up 1-0 and with momentum.
Jackie Bradley Jr. ties it up
A blast into deep right from Jackie Bradley Jr. finally put Boston on the board in the top of the eighth.
A 2-0 hitter’s count resulted in a 93mph fastball over the plate for Jackie Bradley Jr. Despite being over the outside third of the plate, Bradley was able to pull the pitch for a deep home run into right field. This bumped Boston’s win probability by 27% heading into the bottom of the eighth.
Muncy walks it off in the 18th
Both the Dodgers and Red Sox scored in the 13th due to defensive miscues.
Puig was 45 feet from 1B when Kinsler threw the ball. At his seasonal Sprint Speed of 28.3 ft/s, he was 1.6 seconds away.
Throw was about 100 feet away. A 70mph throw takes 1.1 seconds to reach its target. Kinsler had up to 0.5 more seconds, or about 14 more feet of Puig running pic.twitter.com/Al64axmYQ9
— Tangotiger (@tangotiger) October 27, 2018
Max Muncy then almost had the game-winner in the 15th, but so narrowly missed.
Finally, Muncy was able to finish it off in the 18th on a 3-2 count against Nathan Eovaldi. The result does not do the pitch justice for Eovaldi, it was just an excellent at-bat from both sides. Seven pitches in, Eovaldi put his 90mph pitch right on the outside corner against Muncy. It was a good call with great execution, but Muncy just happened to do a better job going the opposite way with power.
The Red Sox may lead three games to one, but this World Series could still be far from over.
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