So the Los Angeles Dodgers picked up their first win of the World Series, they outlasted the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 to claim a 3-2 win after seven hours and twenty minutes of an 18-inning marathon that ended at around 3:30 AM on the East Coast, and they forced the Sox to use nine different pitches in a loss.
So is Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts happy with where LA finds itself after making it a 2-1 series in the Red Sox’ advantage?
“We’re down 2-1,” Roberts said early this morning, “... but I think that the crowd tonight was outstanding. Was loud from before the first pitch, and we anticipated that. So to get in front of 50,000 Dodger fans to drive us and to stay for, what was it 17 innings, 18, 19, seven hours and twenty minutes, and there were still probably fans here.
“So the way that our guys, our pen, got the outs that they needed, and they did a heck of a job.
“So you look at tomorrow after playing seven hours and twenty minutes, our pen’s in pretty good shape.
“So there’s some guys that we wanted to stay away from today, namely [Ryan] Madson, Julio [Urias], but for those guys to give us big outs and pick us up when we needed it, it’s kind of a signature of our ballclub.
“Had our backs against the wall many times, and for us to persevere, and like you said, it wasn’t how we scripted it, but it was a big win for us.”
And on the other side? To go all out for 18 innings, use nine pitchers, including right-hander Nathan Eovaldi for six innings of work, and come out on the losing end, how crushing a loss was it for the Red Sox?
“Not at all,” Sox’ skipper Dave Roberts told reporters.
“There’s no question at all. I just talked to [Eovaldi]. I told him how proud I was of him. The effort was amazing. It was a great baseball game. Seven hours, whatever it is. People back home are probably waking up to the end. But it’s probably one of the best, if not the best, games I’ve ever been a part of. The effort from both sides.
“What Nate did tonight, that was amazing. That was amazing. We kept talking to him, ‘I’m good. I’m good. I’m good.’
“We’ll map it out tomorrow. There are a few guys that are lining up in my office to start the game tomorrow. We’ll decide what we’ll do and we’ll be fine.”
It’s all going to be fine. They have to play again tonight at 8:09 PM EDT. The starters? It’s going to be Rich Hill for the Dodgers against the Red Sox’ Eduardo Rodriguez.