On this special episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared and I recap a tough loss in Game 2 of the World Series. We try to navigate you through it because, contrary to popular belief, the series is not over.
The Dodgers couldn’t do much against Justin Verlander until the fifth inning, when surprise starter Joc Pederson ended his perfect game bid by slugging a home run to right to tie the score. The next inning, Corey Seager did his thing (after a Chris Taylor walk), launching a 2-run homer to left to give the Dodgers a lead.
Then the bullpen came in and, well, finally got touched up. Marwin Gonzalez hit a game-tying homer off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning … on an 0-2 pitch … sigh.
Cody Bellinger hit what everyone thought was a walk-off homer in the ninth, but it landed 5-10 feet short of going over the wall. Another sigh.
Josh Fields was very bad, giving up back-to-back homers to Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. He also gave up a double to Yuli Gurriel. The Dodgers, as they have all season, fought back in the bottom of the 10th. Yasiel Puig hit a laser of a home run to make the score 5-4. With two outs and Logan Forsythe on second, Enrique Hernandez singled to tie the game again.
Brandon McCarthy allowed a 2-run homer in the 11th to George Springer, and the Dodgers could only muster a solo home run from Charlie Culberson in the bottom half.
It sucks. It may feel like a gut punch of a game, but this series is 1-1 and the Dodgers have the starting pitcher advantage in the next three games. I’m not sure they’ll sweep in Houston, but they won’t get swept, either. In all likelihood, there will be a Game 6 (and probably Game 7) early next week.
Don’t fret, folks. We’ve seen this team be resilient all season. This will be no different.
There were a couple questions we answered to close up shop.
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