Coming into Friday night’s Game 3 of the World Series, everyone knew that the Los Angeles Dodgers absolutely had a must-win game in front of them if they wanted any chance of winning the seven-game series against the Boston Red Sox, who had swept the first two games at Fenway Park. With the change in venue to Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers got a much-needed boost by winning the longest World Series game in history to get the series to a much more manageable 2-1 deficit for them.
This was one of the strangest games you’ll ever see. The vaunted Red Sox offense saw zero, yes zero hits, come from their 1-4 hitters on the night. And no team ever scored more than one run in an inning. The scoring began in the third inning with Joc Pederson hitting a home run to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. After that, it looked like they might just scratch out the victory on the back of a brilliant seven inning performance by Walker Buehler, who only allowed two hits all game. But after he was withdrawn, Jackie Bradley, Jr, as timely a hitter as the Sox have had this postseason homered in the eighth to knot it up.
That took it to extra innings, and the first time either team blinked was in the top of the 13th. The Red Sox scored on a throwing error after an infield single to take a 2-1 lead, but the story wasn’t over just yet. The Dodgers hit back in the bottom of the inning to keep their hopes of lifting the crown when Yaciel Puig’s infield single drove in Max Muncy on a throwing error as well. Muncy, who was 1 for 5 when he stepped up in the bottom of the 18th, would end up hitting a home run to left center field, just out of the reach of Bradley, Jr, to win the game 3-2 for the Dodgers and keep them alive.
Much of the talk about the game between New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors ended up revolving around whether Kevin Durant would join the Knicks this week. Throughout the week, various pundits mooted over whether he could or would move to New York to play for the seemingly always awful Knicks. Maybe he will, maybe he won’t. But one thing is for sure, they’ll be hoping and wishing for him to come after scoring 41 points, 25 of which came in the fourth quarter alone, on Friday night at Madison Square Garden in a 128-100 victory. Speaking about the fourth quarter, he said his goal had been to “provide a spark.” Job done, and done well, by Durant on this night.