Dodgers win in the ninth, tie World Series at two
This has already been an incredibly fun World Series, with a couple of fun games and storylines throughout the event. Saturday night’s Game Four continued that trend. In this one, Alex Wood got the start for the Dodgers and was incredible for most of the game. He kept Houston’s league-best Astros without a hit through 5 2⁄3 innings in what was looking like a special performance. Unfortunately for him and his team, Charlie Morton held the Dodgers to just one run to that point of the game. Then, with two outs in the sixth, Wood gave up his first hit of the game, and it happened to be a home run to George Springer to tie the game. The score would stay tied at one heading into the ninth, when the Dodgers rallied against Ken Giles and the Astros bullpen. Houston manager A.J. Hinch has not shown much faith in his bullpen this year, and this game showed off why that’s the case. Cody Bellinger broke the tie with a double, then Los Angeles tacked on four more runs including three on a Joc Pederson homer. The Astros did get one in the bottom of the ninth on an Alex Bregman homer, but it wasn’t enough to stop Los Angeles from tying the series at two game apiece.
Yulieski Gurriel suspended for five games...in 2018
In Game Three of the World Series, Gurriel made a racist gesture towards Yu Darvish after hitting a home run off the Dodgers. While Darvish said he was not offended by the gesture, that doesn’t speak for all Asians and Asian-Americans who could have been offended. MLB had a chance to make a statement by knocking him out of at least one World Series game, something they haven’t been willing to do in the past. Still, this is clearly something they want to prevent from happening again, so you’d think they’d go for a notable punishment. Instead, Gurriel will miss five games in the regular season. Now, as many have noted, he almost certainly would have appealed his suspension and it likely would have carried over to the regular season anyway. Still, the league should have left that up to Gurriel. If he and the Players Association wanted to appeal a clearly racist gesture which he admitted to and apologized for, that’s on him and them. Simply put, MLB passed up their chance, and now it’s clear that PEDs are the only thing that will get you to miss a postseason game.