Faced with possibility of falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven World Series matchup with the Houston Astros, Dave Roberts’ Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 6-2 win last night in Minute Maid Park, handing the ‘Stros their first loss at home this postseason.
Now that things are all evened up, 2-2, the Dodgers have their ace, Clayton Kershaw, on the mound tonight in Game 5, which has Roberts feeling comfortable about where he and his team are at in the 113th Fall Classic.
“I like where we're at,” Roberts told reporters after Game 4.
“This series up to this point, we've played four games, and there’s been so many emotional swings, and we're dead even right now. And it's a three-game series, and we've got our ace going tomorrow. So I know that in our clubhouse we feel good.
“We're going to enjoy tonight. It was a hard-fought ballgame. But I promise you we'll be ready to go to win one game tomorrow.”
Astros’ skipper A.J. Hinch talked after dropping Game 4 about how he thinks his team will react, and how difficult it would have been to win three-straight in Houston, which would have allowed them to potentially clinch at home.
“Well, they're two pretty good teams,” Hinch said. “I don't think that's overstating anything. So it probably doesn't surprise a ton of people that it's 2-2.
“How the games have gone, where we've won or where they've won can always be debated.
“These are big games. Every game feels like a Game 5 or Game 7, a critical game. You don't ever roll into a game thinking that you can get away with losing it.
“So obviously it's the best of three now, and two of them will be at their place, one will be at our place. I never really thought about winning three in a row; I worried about winning today. If we had won today, I would have been looking forward to winning three in a row.”
Dallas Keuchel takes the mound for the Astros tonight after taking the loss in Game 1 of the World Series, giving up six hits and three earned runs in 6 2⁄3 IP.
Kershaw got the win in Game 1, striking out 11 of the 24 batters he faced over seven innings on the mound in Dodger Stadium.
Who’s going to leave Houston with a 3-2 lead in the World Series? We find out tonight.