The Los Angeles Dodgers were able to steal a game on the road in Houston on Saturday night, tying the series at 2 game apiece. The Astros were looking to ride momentum after winning two games in a row with Charlie Morton on the mound, who has pitched okay in the postseason so far. He was going up against Alex Wood, who has been a good starter for the Dodgers since being moved from the Atlanta Braves. From looking at the starters for game 4, you can tell that this game was going to be a toss up. It was come down to who was going to crack 1st. Either pitcher can either give you 5, 6, or 7 inning or they can be knocked put early somewhere in between the 1st 4 innings.
Both guys were really spot on with their pitching. Charlie Morton was really holding his own against the Dodgers, not giving up many hits. Alex Wood took a no-hitter into the 6th inning, which he happened to give up the 1st run of the game as well. After getting Marwin Gonzalez to ground out and Brian McCann to strike out, George Springer would hit a homerun over the left field wall to make it 1-0, Astros in in the 6th inning. Manager Dave Roberts would go to Brandon Morrow to relief and leave the deficit at just one run and the move would pay off.
Going into the 7th, the Dodgers would push for a little magic. After Justin Turner grounded out, Cody Bellinger, who had struck out in his last 6 at-bats before this one, hit a double. A.J. Hinch would hook Charlie Morton and got to Will Harris from the bullpen. Harris would give up a line drive to Logan Forsythe into the center field gap and scored Bellinger from 2nd to the the game.
We go into the 9th inning and that’s where everything came crashing down for the Astros. The Astros brought in closer, Ken Giles to hold the score as it was and as I mentioned before in my game 3 piece, Giles has been struggling. After tonight, in over 7 innings of relief, he has given up 12 hits and 10 runs. That’s not good at all for a guy that was phenomenal throughout the regular season. Giles would give up a single to Corey Seager and then walk Turner. Cody Bellinger comes in and hits a double to break up the tie to make it 2-1, Dodgers. Joe Musgrove would then replace Giles, but Giles was responsible for the runners on 2nd and 3rd base. After striking out Yasiel Puig, they would intentionally walk Logan Forsythe. Austin Barnes would then hit a sacrifice fly deep into right center field and score the runner from third and move the runner at 2nd to third. Then comes the power-hitting Joc Pederson and he blows the game wide open woth a monster 3-run homer to right center field to make it 6-1, Dodgers. The Astros would get a homerun from Alex Bregman in the bottom of the 9th, but that didn’t rattle Kenley Jansen in any way and Jansen would close down the game to the the series.
For the Dodgers, Alex Wood went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 1 hit and 1 run and striking out 3. Cody Bellinger went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Joc Pederson went 1 for 4 including a 3-run homer.
For the Astros, Charlie Morton went 6 1/3 innings allowing only 3 hits and 1 run and striking out 7. Ken Giles took the loss without registering a single out and allowing 3 earned runs. George Springer went 1 for 4 with a solo homer.
The Dodgers got the road win they needed and it was a huge win for them, considering how they blew through their bullpen in Friday’s game and the Astros bullpen was well rested. That to me was going to be the deciding factor for this game. How was the Dodgers over-worked bullpen going to hold up? Was Ken Giles going to snap out of his funk for the Astros? The Dodgers got big at-bats late in the game from the 7th inning on. Cody Bellinger was able to snap out of his own woeful self and was able to deliver two big hits that ultimately turned into the tying run and the go-ahead run. Now the Dodgers will be at least taking this series back home whether they win or lose on Sunday. Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for them on Sunday as we get a 2nd round of the Kershaw-Keuchel match-up.
As for the Astros, the offense was just simply shut down. Morton deserved more run support with the way he waa pitching. You couldn’t ask for any more than what their #4 starter gave them. No matter what now, they will need to steal another gane on the road to win this World Series and everyone knows how hard it is to win on the road, let alone steal two games on the road in a best of 7 series. Good news is they put Dallas Keuchel out there for game 5. The bad news is Clayton Kershaw is pitching as well. Nothing new, but Kershaw hasn’t been pitching like the playoff pitcher we’ve know him to be. Many people labeled him the Peyton Manning of baseball. Can be untouchable in the regular season but chokes his life away in the playoffs he’s been anything, but that same pitcher and has been lights out filthy. Game 5 will be a barn burner.