There were dozens of crazy facts and World Series firsts from Friday’s marathon of a Game 3, the longest ever played in MLB’s postseason. It ended with a walk-off home run in the 18th inning by the Dodgers’ out-of-nowhere hero Max Muncy — 7 hours, 20 minutes after first pitch — and cut the Red Sox’s series lead to 2-1.
But the biggest oddity, the one likely to have lingering effects on Game 4 and beyond, was the sheer volume of man power expended to decide a 3-2 game.
Forty-six players, including 18 pitchers, entered Game 3, breaking the previous World Series record of 43. That will make for an intriguing Saturday, strategically speaking, as Boston and Los Angeles work on short rest and with depleted benches to gain an edge in a series that is suddenly up for grabs.
Nathan Eovaldi, the Red Sox’s expected Game 4 starter, is the one who gave up Muncy’s home run. He threw 97 pitches in six innings of unplanned relief, and is obviously unavailable. Instead, Boston has turned to left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, while the Dodgers counter with veteran lefty Rich Hill.
The Red Sox were one out away from taking a 3-0 stranglehold on the series, but another Dodgers win would raise the stakes and turn it into a best-of-three finish to the Fall Classic. It all hinges on a pivotal Game 4. Here’s how to tune in.
Red Sox vs. Dodgers
Time: 8:09 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 27
Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Streaming: fuboTV (sign up for a 7-day free trial)
Full World Series schedule
( All times ET.)
|Game 1||Oct. 23||Tuesday||Fox||BOS won 8-4||Boston|
|Game 2||Oct. 24||Wednesday||Fox||BOS won 4-2||Boston|
|Game 3||Oct. 26||Friday||Fox||LAD won 3-2 (18)||LA|
|Game 4||Oct. 27||Saturday||Fox||8:09 p.m.||LA|
|Game 5*||Oct. 28||Sunday||Fox||8:15 p.m.||LA|
|Game 6*||Oct. 30||Tuesday||Fox||8:09 p.m.||Boston|
|Game 7*||Oct. 31||Wednesday||Fox||8:09 p.m.||Boston|
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