Following an epic Game 2 of the 113th World Series, which saw Los Angeles Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen blow his second save of the season as the Houston Astros rallied to tie things up at 1-1 in the series, Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts talked to reporters about a conversation he had with his reliever.
“I just wanted to -- it doesn't happen very often that a game is blown when he takes the baseball,” Roberts said.
“So I just wanted to come back, circle back with him, make sure he was in a good state of mind, which he was. And it's baseball, things like that happen. But he was obviously disappointed but prepared for tomorrow.”
As for how he thought the Dodgers, as a team, would react to their loss in Game 2?
Roberts said that his team is resilient.
“I think it's just part of who we are. I really do,” he explained. “And granted, we haven't been in a 1-1 situation, but you look at a season, there's a lot of stressful situations or where your back's against the wall, where you have to bow your neck and fight. And that's just who we are. For me to expect anything less from our guys, it's not going to happen.
“Yeah, last night hurt. We turned the page. We'll be ready to go tomorrow. And those guys are a good ballclub over there. But it's going to be a great series, and we're going to play to win tomorrow.”
Astros’ skipper A.J. Hinch was asked in yesterday’s pre-Game 3 press conference, if he thought the momentum from the late-game comeback and Game 2 win could carry over into tonight’s matchup.
“If we lost, I would have said no. Since we won, I'd say absolutely,” Hinch joked. “This will be a big swing. I think every player has to deal with whatever they're going through in their own way. Certainly teams can come and go. You literally are at the momentum of the next game. It's 1-1, it doesn't mean anything is decided. Tomorrow is a huge game.
“But I'm not sure yesterday wasn't a huge game or Game 1 wasn't a huge game or Game 7 in the [Championship Series] wasn't a big game.
“I don't look too much into it other than continue to preach to our players just focus on today. The series won't be decided tomorrow either way.”
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HERE ARE THE LINEUPS FOR GAME 3 OF THE 113TH WORLD SERIES:
#ThisTeam // #WorldSeries GM 3:— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 27, 2017
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World Series Game 3#EarnHistory pic.twitter.com/NWKnJhvZC0— Houston Astros (@astros) October 27, 2017