Nov. 01, 2017
Dodgers even the World Series with Game 4 win.
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros by a final score of 6-2 in of the 2017 World Series. The best of seven series is now tied at two games a piece.
The Dodger offense struggled throughout the game but exploded for five runs in the ninth inning. Dodger pitching limited the Astros to two hits for the game, both of them solo homers by George Springer and Alex Bregman. With his two doubles tonight, Cody Bellinger became the youngest player in World Series history to have two doubles in a game.
Both starting pitchers were very good, Astros starter Charlie Morton allowed a leadoff single to Chris Taylor to start the game, and that was it through the first five innings. Morton faced the minimum through five with seven strikeouts while only throwing 50 pitches. For the Dodgers, Alex Wood no hit the Astros through five and two-thirds, with three strikeouts and two walks.
The Dodgers finally got things going in the top of the sixth, Morton hit Austin Barnes with a pitch on his left wrist to end the streak of retiring 14 Dodgers in a row after Taylor's lead off single. Kiké Hernández blooped a single into center field to give the Dodgers runners on the corners with one out. Barnes was thrown out at the plate by Alex Bregman on a ground ball to third by Taylor. Morton was able to escape the jam after getting Seager to fly out to end the inning.
The Astros got a run in the sixth on a two out solo shot by Springer, ending Wood's no hitter, and his night at 5.2 IP 1 ER 1 H 3 K 2 BB. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sent in RHP Brandon Morrow to get the last out of the sixth and he did, by getting Bregman to ground out to end the inning.
In the seventh a one out double by Cody Bellinger marked his first hit of the World Series after starting 0-13 with eight strikeouts. The double by Bellinger also knocked Morton out of the game, finishing with a line of 6.1 IP 0 ER 3 H 7 K 0 BB. RHP Will Harris was brought in to replace Morton, Harris got Yasiel Puig to fly out for the second out of the inning, but Logan Forsythe delivered a two out RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. Morrow remained in the game for the seventh and pitched a clean 1-2-3 inning.
RHP Chris Devenski entered the game for Houston in the eighth, and recorded a clean 1-2-3 inning. LHP Tony Watson got the ball for the Dodgers in the bottom half of the inning, and also recorded a quick and clean 1-2-3 inning to send the game into the ninth, tied at 1-1.
Astros closer Ken Giles entered the game for the top half of the ninth, Giles surrendered a leadoff single to Corey Seager. and a walk to Turner, put two on with nobody out for Bellinger. Bellinger gave the Dodgers the lead on a RBI double to make it 2-1.
The Double by Bellinger knocked Giles out of the game, Astros manager AJ Hinch went to RHP Joe Musgrove. Musgrove struck out Puig for the first out of the inning, the Astros intentionally walked Forsythe to load the bases for Barnes. Barnes was able to put the ball in the air for a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1. Joc Pederson launched a three run home into the right field seats to make it 6-1. Hernández flied out to finally end the top half of the ninth inning after the Dodgers put up five runs.
The Dodgers sent in closer Kenley Jansen, who before the game was awarded . Jansen surrendered a two out solo shot to Bregman to make it 6-2 game. Jansen followed the homer by getting Jose Altuve to fly out to center for the final out of the game, and even the series at two games a piece.
of the World Series, and the final game in Houston is Sunday night, the Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, the Astros will send Dallas Keuchel in what is a Game 1 pitching rematch. In Game 1 both pitchers were very good, but Kershaw led the Dodgers to a Game 1 win with 7IP 3 H 1 ER 11 K’s 0 BB.