HOUSTON—Houston Strong indeed! The Houston Astros rerurned to their thunder dome cleverly disguised as Minute Maid Park,spanked the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-3 on Friday, October 27th to take a 2-1 edge in the 2017 World Series.
These Astros are polar opposite teams away from home. With the Game 3 victory, Houston improves to an astonishing 7-0 this postseason. Outscoring their opponet 36-10 in the process.
The Dodgers sent Yu Darvish to the mound, and his slider wasnt breaking which spelled disaster for the Boys in Blue. The Astros made it look like the Home Run Derby, shellshocking Darvish for 4 runs in the second inning alone. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts was forced to pull Darvish after 1 2/3 innings.
This puts an even greater strain on the tired and overworked Dodgers bullpen. As the series moves along; this could haunt the Dodgers and be a primary factor should the Dodgers fall short of capturing their first World Series title since 1988.
Yuli Guriel kicked off the barrage with a solo home run. Former Dodger Josh Redsick than blasted a double, Brian McCan hit an RBI single. Darvish’s final bateer was likely AL MVP, Jose Altuve smashed a double. That was all she wrote for Darvish.
Sadly, Guriel appeared to make a racial slur against Darvish in the Astros dugout. The 33-year old vet needs to show more class and apologize for his racist remark. Darvish took the high road, stating he isn’t angry at Guriel.
“Four runs in any game is big. Four runs in the World Series is huge,” Hinch said. “To get that kind of momentum started, get the crowd into it, have a lead, it puts a ton of pressure on the other dugout.”
“I’d love to say it’s going to spill over, and it might,” Hinch said. “We’ve gone on some incredible offensive explosions this season. We have the best offensive team in the league for a reason. I think it can be that way.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made the slow walk to the mound to replace Darvish with Kenta Maeda.
It was a vintage Astros rally. Nine batters came to the plate. Five batters got hits. Six batters reached base. Darvish was made to throw 29 pitches to eight batters before being lifted.
“He had a hard time landing his slider,” Hinch said of Darvish. “He didn’t have his normal slider in the strike zone, so we didn’t chase. He couldn’t really get it for a strike. It was all over the place. When you can essentially disregard a pitch, that will go advantage to the hitter.”
“The fastball command wasn’t there, and the slider was backing up. He just really didn’t have the feel and couldn’t get any type of rhythm going,” said Roberts.
Never mind that the Astros were unable to tack on more than one more run over the next six innings. On a night when neither of their co-aces, Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander, was on the mound, they gave starter Lance McCullers Jr. a hefty cushion.
McCullers was mostly solid, giving up three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. But it helped that when he got in trouble, walking the bases loaded in the third inning, he could look up at the scoreboard and see that second-inning four-spot before giving way to reliever Brad Peacock for a good, old-fashioned 3 2/3-inning save.
“That momentum is something you need in a series like this,” said shortstop Carlos Correa. “It’s on our side right now. We’ve got to be able to go out there [Saturday] and get that other win.” Correa was the hero of Game 2, hitting the tying home run off of Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.
Pivotal, must win Game 4 is tonight, October 28th. The Dodgers will be sending Alex Wood to the hill with the responsibility of evening the WwS.