By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor for US Daily Review
The absurdly high-scoring affair that was game five of the World Series gave way to a more reasonable baseball contest Tuesday night.
Game five amassed twenty-five runs between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros on Sunday in Houston. Tuesday night, with the series back in Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium, the two teams combined for four runs as the Dodgers evened the Series at three games each, setting up a game seven Wednesday night for the biggest prize in baseball.
Tuesday’s game featured the same starting pitching matchup as game two last week, with a very similar result. Rich Hill did not last long, and only allowed the Astros sole run. Justin Verlander exited the game as a result of the national league pitcher-hitting rule, and Astros manager A.J. Hinch opted for a potential run or two by removing Verlander. The move did not work for the Astros.
Tuesday night mirrored game two once again in the eighth inning when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called on closer Kenley Jansen to secure a six out save. Unlike last week, on this night Jansen was dazzling and he worked quickly throwing nineteen pitches in the two innings, eighteen of them for strikes as he got the save and got the Dodgers past game six.
Tuesday night would yield a total of eleven hits, compared with Sunday’s twenty-eight hits split evenly between both teams.
Wednesday can offer up anything. Both teams are tired and both bullpens are taxed. And the calendar flips from October to November for the 2017 finale, so October magic will give way to November something.
All hands on deck for the final game of the season, Yu Darvish will start for the Dodgers and Lance McCullers will take the mound for the Astros.