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WS Game 4. Boston takes 3-1 lead in Series as LA blows late 4-0 lead.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A few years back, the Yanks were having some problems and I recommended that they bring up a certain journeyman who was tearing it up at SWB. A certain writer for a NY paper (who now works for MLB) criticized me for suggesting it.

Sometimes, all you need is to be given a chance.

The players’ name was Steve Pearce. Last night, Pearce drove in 4 runs to enable Boston to go up 3 games to 1 over the Dodgers in the World Series.

Funny how things turned out.

It’s a painful loss for L.A. Not only are they one loss from losing the WS for the second year in a row, but they blew a late 4-0 lead in losing 9-6.

They scored 4 runs in the sixth, highlighted by a 3-run HR by Yasiel Puig. Boston entered the top of the seventh with only one hit.

Then they woke up. Rich Hill, pitching so great to that point, walked the first batter, struck out the next, and was pulled from the game. The Dodgers’ bullpen imploded.

A walk. Another pitching change. A popup.

And once again, Boston struck with two out. PH Keith Moreland hit a 3-run HR to make it 4-3.

Ryan Madson has allowed EVERY inherited runner to score in this WS. So why was he on the mound with two on in a 4-0 game only to give up a 3-run HR?

Yes, Hill may have been tiring in the seventh. But he was still working on a one-hit shutout!

I swear, sometimes teams—in every sport—don’t win games as much as the other team’s coach or manager blows it.

In the eighth, Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen gave up a game-tying HR for the second straight night. Pearce’s blast tied the game.

Then Boston put it away with five runs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by a bases-clearing 3-run double by Pearce. Pearce’s double, and another hit that drove in Pearce after that, came with…. you guessed it, two out.

Enrique Hernandez hit a 2-run HR for L.A. in the bottom of the ninth, but the final was 9-6, Boston.

WS MVP if Boston wins tonight? Interesting. Pearce has to be considered, but as of now, I might go with Boston reliever Joe Kelly as a frontrunner. He has pitched in all four games, has one win (in last night’s game 4), has pitched five scoreless innings and has struck out seven.

Kelly the winning pitcher last night, Floro the loser.

Seattle’s Edwin Diaz won the Mariano Rivera Award for best reliever in the A.L., and Josh Hader of Milwaukee won the Trevor Hoffman Award for best N.L. Reliever.

Once the WS is over, I’ll take a look at how Yankees’ prospects are doing in the Arizona Fall League.

 

Dodgers repeat as NL Champs; WS to start in Boston on Tuesday.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Los Angeles Dodgers repeated as NL Champs, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Saturday night, and are headed to Boston, where the World Series will begin on Tuesday night.

Christan Yelich, the second batter of the game, homered for the Brewers in the first, but it was all the Brewers would get. Yelich hails from my sister’s town in California.

But Cody Bellinger, the NLCS MVP, hit a 2-run HR for the Dodgers in the top of the second.

Chris Taylor made a fabulous catch in left field in the bottom of the fifth to keep the score at 2-1, and in the top of the sixth, Yasiel Puig hit a 3-run HR to ice the game for LA.

It will be the second time the Red Sox and Dodgers will have met in the World Series. In the only other time, 1916, the Dodgers were in Brooklyn, and were known as the Brooklyn Robins. Boston took that series in five games, and one of Boston’s stars was a 21 yr. old lefty pitcher named Babe Ruth.

Meanwhile, today, October 21, is the 90th birthday of the Chairman of the Board, Whitey Ford.

Wayne Krenchicki, a utility infielder in the 1980s, passed away Tuesday, age 64.

NFL great Dick Modzelewski, DT for the Redskins, Steelers, Giants and Browns from 1953-1966, died Friday, age 87. He played in the NFL Title Game in 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963 (all Giants), 1964 and 1965 (Browns). His teams won in 1956 and 1964. After retiring, he was a long-time assistant coach in the NFL, inc. for the 1981 Bengals team that reached the Super Bowl. He was the interim head coach of the Browns for the final game of the 1977 season. The Browns lost to Seattle, 20-19 (Wikipedia).

Yankees prospects in the AFL, Hank Aaron awards, and WS Game 2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

To the Arizona Fall League and Yankees’ prospects. Scottsdale, 6-7, lost 8-2.

SS Thairo Estrada, 4 for 5, .395
LF Billy McKinney 2 for 4, RBI, walk. .321

I don’t know if this will be an omen of things to come via the MVP voting, but the Hank Aaron awards went to Giancarlo Stanton in the NL and Jose Altuve in the AL.

In WS Game 2, the game went extra innings, with both bullpens failing. Houston pulled out a 7-6 win in 11 innings to even up the Series.

It is the first WS win in Houston’s history.

The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead into the eighth. Houston had gotten an RBI single in the third, but the Dodgers got a solo HR by Joc Pederson in the fifth, and a two-run HR by Cory Seager in the sixth.

So going into the eighth, it appeared that LA had solved Keuchel & Verlander back-to-back. Verlander only gave up two hits, but both were homers.

Then the Dodger bullpen failed. Brandon Morrow gave up a leadoff double to Alex Bregman leading off the eighth. Even though closer Kenley Jansen came in, he gave up a single to Carlos Correa which cut it to 3-2.

In the ninth, Jansen gave up a HR to Marwin Gonzalez that tied the game.

In the tenth, both teams traded blows. Josh Fields replaced Jansen and gave up back-to-back homers to Jose Altuve and to Correa. 5-3 Houston. Altuve and Correa combined as the first players to ever go back-to-back in extra innings in Fall Classic history.

But the Dodgers tied it in the bottom of the tenth. Yasier Puig homered to cut it to 5-4. After two strikeouts, Logan Forsythe, a defensive replacement in the top of the inning, walked. A WP and a single by Enrique Hernandez tied the game.

Brandon McCarthy became the new Dodgers’ pitcher and promptly gave up a single to Cameron Maybin, a SB, then a 2-run HR to George Springer which was the deciding blow.

With two out in the bottom of the eleventh, Charlie Culberson homered for the Dodgers to cut it to 7-6, but Puig then struck out to end the game.

A lot of back and forth in the last few innings, but Houston came out on top as both bullpens were bad in those last four innings.

Even though Houston won, relievers Ken Giles and winner Chris Devenski struggled.

If you check the boxscore, you’ll see too often guys who were effective for an inning pulled. Why? Effective, leave him in. Instead you get these guys who came in and stunk. Houston used five pitchers in the game, the Dodgers nine. As a result, you got that slugging match in the end.

Eight HRs were hit. According to mlb.com:

Five of those big flies came in extra innings, setting a record for any MLB game, regular season or postseason — not just the World Series.

 

 

AL wins All-Star Game, 5-3. Derek 2 for 2 in last ASG.

The AL will have home-field advantage for the World Series after winning the All-Star Game 5-3.

Derek Jeter, in his final All-Star Game, went 2 for 2 with a double and a single. In his career, Jeter—against the best in the other league—went 13 for 27.

Mike Trout of the Angels, arguably the best player in the game today, won the All-Star Game MVP.

The Yanks’ Dellin Betances didn’t get into the ballgame.

Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers had a 2-run HR, and his teammate Max Scherzer got the win.

The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig had a forgettable night. 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts.