By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor for US Daily Review
The Friday night World Series affair was over early.
The Houston Astros took advantage of a completely ineffective Yu Darvish, scoring four runs off the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander in the bottom of the 2nd inning and that would be all the Astros needed. The Astros never trailed and they never looked back.
With the game effectively over at that point, the remaining seven innings weremerely drama.
Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish would make the shortest start of his baseball career at a time when his team needed him most, lasting only two outs into the 2nd inning. The Dodgers bullpen already overtaxed after Wednesday’s marathon game, was tapped early to stop the bleeding and attempt to keep the Dodgers in the game for whatever chance the National League champions might have had left.
No individual Houston Astros hitter stood out over the others, as four different players batted in runs. First baseman Yuli Gurriel got the 2nd inning scoring started with a homerun to get the scoring started in that half of the inning.
Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers got into trouble in the 6th inning and was replaced by reliever Brad Peacock, but McCullers would be tagged with the three runs that the Dodgers scored. The Astros have a shaky bullpen situation, and getting a strong outing by Peacock was a huge lift for the entire team. It is hard to imagine that Peacock would be available Saturday, but it is October and odd things often happen in the Fall Classic.
The Dodgers bullpen by committee did a nice job of holding the Astros to only one other unearned run after Darvish left the game.
The two teams return to the field Saturday night for game four. The Dodgers do not want to fall behind in the Series 3-1, and the Astros would love to set the scene for a possible closeout game on Sunday in their home ballpark.