The Red Sox' plan was to start former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi in Game 4, but he hurled six-plus innings Friday night which takes him out of the picture for Saturday. With two out, a runner on second and the Red Sox clinging to a one-run lead, Yasiel Puig hit a slow roller toward Kinsler. When Muncy saw Nunez in the seats he tagged and went to second.
Game three will have taken a toll on the players, but it will have also given the Dodgers a glimpse of Boston's fallibility and now they must look to capitalise on that if they are to win game four and ensure the series will head back to Boston. Nathan Eovaldi, who had been set to start Game 4, made his third relief appearance of the week and pitched a flawless inning, topping 101 miles per hour with his fastball.
One pitch later Nunez was sprinting down the line, beating out an errant toss to first by Dodgers pitcher Scott Alexander to allow Brock Holt to score the go-ahead run. He threw 97 pitches. The rookie starting pitcher who, in an age of extreme bullpen specialization and expectations that starters need only give their team four or five good innings in the postseason, spun masterful, shutout ball through seven.
Muncy almost won the game in the 15th inning, pulling a long drive off Nathan Eovaldi that hooked just to the foul side of the right-field pole. "I want to come out here and finish it". After he was pulled, closer Kenley Jansen gave up a tying home run to Jackie Bradley Jr.in the eighth, and the game went on and on.
Game 4 is later Saturday at Dodger Stadium. The two runs - one each side - that scored in the 13th inning were due to defensive futility, not great baseball.
His successors largely shut down Boston's powerhouse offense, hanging in while the Dodgers' bats went 10 innings between runs.
The Dodgers munched on peanut butter and banana sandwiches provided by a team employee, and hung the bananas to produce fruitful luck - harkening back to the rally banana credited by Enrique Hernandez for helping end a 35-inning scoreless streak three years ago.
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has long provided heroics on the field, and now the likely American League MVP is an all-star off it as well after being identified for performing a simple act of kindness for Boston's hungry and homeless.
"Standing room for Game 6 at least $700", Mullarkey said.