Dodgers bullpen shines after Jansen's mistake in epic Game 3

Nearly lost amid Muncy's late inning fireworks was a superb performance from Dodgers rookie starter Walker Buehler who pitched a seven inning gem. He then went on to play for the Miami Marlins from 2012-2014, the New York Yankees from 2015-2016, and the Tampa Bay Rays for part of 2018 before joining the Red Sox. Both teams ran through all of their relievers, but Boston seemed worse for wear in the end, particularly Eduardo Nunez, who seemed to suffer a variety of leg injuries as the game wore on. The last time that happened was Game 1 of the ALCS.

"We didn't have any more players, so I didn't have any choice", he said after the game.

Cora used starter David Price in relief, rotated his outfielders in the middle of innings and even put catcher Christian Vazquez at first base for the first time in his big league career.

The significance of Muncy's homer can not be overstated.

Having already worked the eighth inning in each of the first two games, and having been set up to start Game 4 on Saturday, Eovaldi came out of the Sox bullpen for the 12th inning. Martinez is not considered a good defensive outfielder while fully healthy and has been nursing an ankle injury, so to get the most of his best defenders, Cora began switching outfield alignments in the eighth inning.

Then the Dodgers had the winning run on second base in the ninth inning and pinch hitter Brian Dozier fouled out to the catcher.

At 36, Kinsler's hardly the player he was in his prime, but the former Gold Glover has always been one of the league's best defenders at second base.

He's played some third base in the majors and said he often takes grounders at third and shortstop.

Red Sox: Cora hadn't decided on a Game 4 starter.

Cora said he found out about the story on social media.

"Considering what we went through tonight, we're in good shape with our pen, we really are", Roberts said. "Since Day 1, when we met January 4 and we sat there at the Commonwealth [Hotel], we talked for like two hours, three hours, and you could see. I feel like I let the team down right there". You have Mookie, and he's outstanding the way he does it on the field, off the field.

"Never! They need me there". All these guys, they're fantastic.

"It was a tough one for him, but he gave us a great effort".

A story in Bleacher Report quoted Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie being frustrated with Manny Machado for stealing the Red Sox' signs in an obvious way during Game 2.

"You go that far you know you want to come out on top and for us to come up short right there it's frustrating to me".

  • Jacqueline Ellis