ARLINGTON, Texas – Every time he dominates every time he makes a start, Walker Buehler burns a replay that is similar to those best postson pitchers. What he did in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday was his case.
Buehler became the first pitcher to record double-digit strikes in six innings in World Series history, and his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates used big bats and small balls to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 6–2 victory. Dunk, giving the Dodgers two wins, their first championship since 1988.
26-year-old Wright Handler Buehler’s postseason Bona Feud was already impressive. His six innings, three-hit, one run, one walk, 10-strike performance ranked among his most prominent.
The last pitcher as Buehler to strike 10 in a World Series game? Marlins’ Josh Beckett in 2003.
Only allow the other Dodgers to punch 10 and deliver three or fewer hits in a World Series game? Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw.
Relying on a four-seam fastball running at a top speed of 97 mph, Buehler attacked all four quadrants in the strike zone with his characteristic symmetry: a deliberate build-up of his windup at a slow, explosive pitch Generated many swings and missiles. His Kyrball, slider and cutter were also on, with the blister interrupting him in the first round after all four pitches worked this postman for the first time.
Prior to the game, Rage manager Kevin Cash compared Newton’s fastball to New York’s Yankees ace Gerrit Cole – which is as much praise as he could for a four-seamer. With Tampa Bay swinging through five of them, Cash’s words were rendered, and Keenan starter Charlie Morton could not match zero for zero.
In the fourth, with a pair of Justin Turner’s home runs and a two-out run in the third, after the Dodgers were already 3–0 ahead, the Dodgers went back to their Game 1 ethos and collected small bulls Rays. . Two singles lined the runners on the corners, and overtook Austin Barnes catching the hitter at No. 9. He kept a run-scoring safety squeeze, RBI’s first sacrifice in a dozen World Series. Mookie Bates followed with an RBI and stole second base and led the Dodgers to a 5-0 lead.
Buehler allowed Manuel Margot and Willy Adames doubles in the fifth, scoring one of their runs on the night, though Barnes responded in the sixth with a two-out, two-strike home run. He became the first player in a World Series game since Yankees Hector Lopez in 1961 to record a sacrifice bunt and homer. Before the home run, Barnes was a hit in his previous 22 World Series Bats.
The Dodgers scored five runs with two centuries and two strikes, tied for the most in this World Series game, and reinforced the difference between their offense and the Rage group, whose one-dimensionality this postseason gave them well Served, but did not. Effective in the World Series.
Buehler crucified in his final inning, swinging out swinging Mike Zunino, Brandon Lowe and Randy Azorna to reach double digits – the first 10-strike game of his postseason career. It extended his record streak to six in the playoffs to six-plus-strike games. He broke the record, which he shared with Randy Johnson, in his last start when he played six century innings in a season-saving 6 wins at Atlanta in the National League Championship Series.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Buehler after 93 pitches, handing the game over to reliever Blake Trenin and the brusque Greaterroll, who pitched a scoreless inning. Closer Kenley Jensen, who was throwing harder than all of the postmen, allowed the eighth of his playoffs, the ninth inning solo home run for Azorna, which tied the previous record set by Barry Bonds, Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz.