World Series Stunner
If you are not watching this World Series you are missing one of the great ones of all time. I know our beloved won in 2016, and that was a pretty special series, loaded with drama, and craziness, but this year is really something.
The Dodgers get on the board first when Justin Turner hits a homer to center for a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers tack on another run as Corey Seager hits another solo home run to right for a 2-0 Dodger lead.
Julio Urias is human as he gives up a home run, to right, off the bat of Randy Arozarena as the Dodgers continue to lead, but it is cut in half, 2-1. (This half inning starts a run of eight straight half innings with a run being scored. A World Series record.)
Corey Seager continues his hot hitting with a single to right. He moves to second on a wild pitch, and scores when Max Muncy hits a long single to right. Dodgers get their two run lead back as it is now 3-1.
Hunter Renfroe leads off with a bomb to left and the Rays get the run right back and it is now 3-2.
Will Smith draws a walk, Cody Bellanger strikes out, and AJ Pollock gets walked too, to put runners on first and second with one out. Kiki Hernandez doubles to left as Smith scores and Pollock stops at third but the Dodgers get their two run lead back, it is now 4-2.
Arozarena continues his scorching series with a sharp single to center. Ji-Man Choi pinch hits and is walked. The Dodgers make a pitching change, bringing in Pedro Baez who promptly gives up a three run home run to Brandon Lowe and the Rays take the lead for the first time in the game 5-4.
Why are the Rays pitching to Corey Seager? He singles to right for his third hit of the game. Turner follows with a double to center and the Dodgers have runners on second and third with nobody out. Bellinger is intentionally walked, loading the bases, and Joc Pederson, batting for AJ Pollock, singles to right as Seager and Turner score and Bellinger gets thrown out at third. Dodgers regain the lead 6-5.
Kevin Kiermaier hits a long one to right and the game is tied 6-6.
Taylor doubles to center, Hernandez tries to bunt him over but pops it up to third and Mookie Betts grounds out to short. For some reason the Rays are still pitching to Seager and he hits another single to left scoring Taylor and it is now 7-6 Dodgers.
And then the game got nuts.
Kiermaier singles to center. Arozarena is walked putting Rays on first and second with two outs. The second to last guy left on the Rays bench, Brett Phillips, who hasn't had a hit in a month, and only has two plate appearances in the playoffs, comes up.
He hits a bloop single to right center. Taylor comes over to play it, as Kiermaier scores the tying run. Arozarena is being sent home, and he falls rounding third, as Muncy turns to throw to Smith at home. Smith, assuming he has a bang, bang play at the plate, tries to pick up the low throw and make a sweeping tag. The ball gets away and Arozarena picks himself up and dives to the plate, slapping it with his right hand seven times for the winning run. Rays win in wild walk off fashion 8-7.
I watched this happen live and I still don't believe what happened. I said a week ago that this series would go seven games, and extra innings in game seven, and I think I may be right. Two evenly matched teams who will not quit battling it out in what is becoming an instant classic World Series.
Game five is tonight and do yourself a favor and make sure you watch it.