Dodgers take Game Three
Game Three of the World Series took place Friday night, coming on the heels of the first mid-series day off we’ve seen this postseason. With the teams rested, it was the Dodgers who had the upper hand in this one. They took command of the game early, with Walker Buehler cruising and Charlie Morton struggling to get in a groove. Right off the bat in the top of the first, it was Justin Turner with the first big swing of the night. The Dodgers infielder smoked a solo shot off Morton with two outs in that first inning, and before Buehler took the mound he had a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers righty cruised early on. He was perfect in each of the first two innings before allowing his first baserunner in the third with a one-out walk. That would end up being a three-batter inning anyway with Turner starting a big double play. Buehler would get through four innings before even allowing a hit.
The Dodgers offense, meanwhile, only continued to build on their lead. With the score still at 1-0 heading into the third, they capped off a two-out rally with a big two-run single from Max Muncy to make it a 3-0 game. In the next inning, they got runners on the corners with just one out. At that point they turned to some small ball with Austin Barnes dropping a perfect safety squeeze. Cody Bellinger came in to score, and Mookie Betts brought home another run in the next at bat. Just like that, the Dodgers were cruising with a 5-0 lead.
The shutout ended in the fifth when Willy Adames smacked an RBI double to cut the lead to four, but that was as close as they’d get all game. Barnes extended the lead back to five with a solo homer in the sixth, and the Rays never threatened for an extended rally. They did get another run in the ninth on a Randy Arozarena homer, but at that point it was much too little, much too late. Kenley Jansen closed it out and it was a 6-2 Dodgers victory.
L.A. now holds a 2-1 series lead, and they’ll look to make it a 3-1 lead on Saturday night. First pitch is set for 8:09 PM ET as Julio Urías goes against Ryan Yarbrough.