Dodgers Lose Heartbreaker in Extras, Head Back Home for Game 6

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What a roller coaster of a game. Both starters were chased early, neither getting the win. Tying homers on top of tying homers. It was the first World Series game ever with three three-or-more game tying home runs. The pitcher that Dave Roberts said was not available before the game, apparently was. And if Game 1 was an ocassion where both these pitchers pitched a tidy affair, this game was anything but. In the end, it did not finish in the Dodgers‘ favor.

The Dodgers jumped out to a first inning 3-0 lead, capitalizing on the lack of command by Houston starter Dallas Keuchel. Center fielder Chris Taylor  started with a single, his third lead off hit of the World Series, the first time that had been done since 1995. After a Corey Seager strikeout, Justin Turner and Enrique Hernandez worked walks to load the bases. Logan Forsythe hit a two run single, and then attempted a double steal with Hernandez. Yuri Gurriel threw wide of second base, allowing Forsythe to be safe at second, and Hernandez to score.

Clayton Kershaw countered with a 12 pitch bottom of the first, and a 1-2-3 second, also only using 12 pitches.

Kershaw allowed a lead off hit to Evan Gattis to start the third, but Kershaw got Marwin Gonzalez to hit into a double play, executed so smoothly by Forsythe and Charlie Culberson, looking like they’ve been playing third and second together all season. Brian McCann grounded out, with Kershaw again facing the minimum.

Keuchel settled in until Forsythe hit a one out double in the top of the fourth. After a Puig strikeout, Austin Barnes delivered a single that scored Forsythe. Culberson beat out an infield single, and knocked Keuchel from the game. The Astros starter finished with 86 pitches, allowing four earned runs. Luke Gregerson then came into the game, and struck out Chris Taylor to end the inning.

Kershaw started the fourth by walking George Springer. He allowed a one out single to Josè Altúve, and a double to Carlos Correa to make the score 4-1. He then surrendered a three-run homer to Yuri Gurriel to tie the game.

Colin McHugh took over for the Astros in the top of the fifth. He walked the first two batters, Seager and Turner. After a suspect call to strike out Hernandez, Bellinger reclaimed the lead for the Dodgers with a three-run home run to right-center.

Kershaw allowed two walks in the bottom of the fifth, and was chased from the game after making 94 pitches. Kenta Maeda then proceeded gave up a game tying home run to Altuve.

Brad Peacock entered in the top of the seventh, having thrown 53 pitches in 3-2/3 innings two days ago. Turner worked him for nine pitches, and just missed a home run, settling for a lead off double. Hernandez bunted, and Turner was tagged out at third. But Bellinger continued his hot ways, hitting a ball past a diving Springer for a triple to score Hernandez from first. Forsythe strike out on the 345th questionable call of the game. Peacock got Puig to fly out for the last out of the inning.

Brandon Morrow, pitching for the third day in a row for the first time ever, proceeded to serve up a one pitch homer to George Springer at the onset of the seventh. Tie game, again. Alex Bregman followed with a single. Altuve then doubled Bregman in for a 9-8 lead. The over-use reared its ugly head. Correa then homered, stretching the lead to 11-8.

Tony Cingrani entered the game, and struck out Gurriel and Josh Reddick, and got Evan Gattis to fly out the end the innng.

In the top of the eighth, Joc Pederson hit a one-out double to start another rally. Taylor was hit in the ribs, and Peacock was out of the game. Will Harris took over for the Astros. Corey Seager doubled to drive home Pederson. Turner flied out to right, but the runners stayed put. Harris was replaced by Chris Devinski, and the Dodgers sent pinch hitter Andre Ethier to the plate. He grounded out to first, Dodgers still down by two.

Cingrani stayed in the game, and surrendered a solo homer to Brian McCann in the bottom of the eighth. Ross Stripling came in to relieve Cingrani. He allowed a hit Springer, but escaped the inning unscathed.

Devinski allowed a lead off walk to Bellinger, but the struck out Forsythe. Yasiel Puig followed with a home run to make the score 12-11. Barnes followed with a double. Chris Taylor tied it with a two-out, two-strike single. Seager flied out to end the inning.

Kenley Jansen entered the game in the ninth for the Dodgers. He retired the first two, thanks in part to a great play by Bellinger, and then surrendered a double to Gurriel. Reddick flied out to left to end the inning.

Joe Musgrave took over for the Astros to start extra innings. Either beat the shift and lines a single to left, however,  he would remain stranded. Kenley resumes pitching in the 10th. He retired the first two batters, but eventually hit Gattis in the arm.

In the end, Bregman hit a single to drive home pinch-runner Derek Fisher from second. The Series now heads back to Los Angeles with the Astros up 3-2. Rich Hill will face Justin Verlander on Tuesday night.




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