Don’t count out the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the longest and wildest World Series game on record, the Dodgers topped the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, on Max Muncy’s walk-off homer in the 18th inning.
It was a slugfest in a different sense than we’re used to seeing. It wasn’t about offense so much. It was more about two managers, in particular Red Sox skipper Alex Cora, unloading their arsenals to win this game and worry about tomorrow when tomorrow comes. The Red Sox tied a World Series record by using 23 of a possible 25 players on the roster. The problem now is that aggressiveness didn’t pay off, leaving them with a lot of questions to answer in Game 4.
The Dodgers used 21 players, including Clayton Kershaw as a pinch hitter. But they’re in much better shape moving forward this weekend with Rich Hill set to start Game 4 and Clayton Kershaw fresh for Game 5.
It’s a lot to digest. That’s exactly what we’ll attempt to do before Game 4. For now, let’s take a quick look back at six moments that defined Game 3 of the World Series.
Max Muncy walk-off wins in the 18th inning
Max Muncy nearly ended the game with a walk-off homer in the 15th inning. He did it for real in the 18th inning, going opposite field against Nathan Eovaldi, who was in his seventh inning of relief.
It’s the fourth walk-off in Dodgers World Series history, and the first since Game 1 in of the 1988 World Series when Kirk Gibson famously took Dennis Eckersley deep.
The entire 13th inning
It was utter chaos, and it all started with Eduardo Núñez’s at-bat that produced an 80-foot infield single and the go-ahead run. Actually, it started on a weird wild pitch when Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes have to dive between Núñez’s legs, leading to a rough collision and a potential injury.
The odd scene allowed Brock Holt to advance to second base with the go-ahead run. Once Núñez deemed himself ready to continue, he hit a slow roller that off the bat looked like an easy out, but resulted in a single, an error, the go-ahead run scoring, and a head-first dive at first base that seemed to hurt Núñez all over again.
He survived again. Then he crashed again. This time on defense as he fell into the stands catching Cody Bellinger’s pop foul. The fall allowed Max Muncy to advance to second base with two outs. Then Muncy scored the tying run on Ian Kinsler’s inexplicable throwing error on what should have been the game’s final out.
And on the game continued.
Cody Bellinger cuts down the go-ahead run
Cody Bellinger went from goat to hero in a matter of 15 minutes during Game 3. In the bottom of the ninth inning, he was caught stealing in an awkward moment on the bases that cost the Dodgers a chance to win the game.
A half-inning later, it was Bellinger’s left arm that kept the Dodgers alive.
Ian Kinsler unwisely attempted to score on the shallow fly ball and Bellinger made him pay.
As a result of the assist, the Red Sox missed a big opportunity to take control.
Jackie Bradley Jr. makes up for blunder with game-tying homer
Bellinger wasn’t the only one to atone for a big mistake.
The Red Sox’s first hit against Walker Buehler came on a Jackie Bradley Jr. single leading off the third inning. A potential rally was quickly squashed however when Bradley was caught stealing after presumably leaving early on a hit-and-run attempt. Buehler was able to turn and fire directly to Manny Machado for the out before throwing a pitch to Christian Vasquez.
It proved to be Boston’s best scoring opportunity until the eighth inning. That’s when Bradley made up for his baserunning with a game-tying homer against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.
JBJ HAS THE CLUTCH GENE!
Jackie Bradley Jr. homers off Kenley Jansen in the 8th to tie it up! pic.twitter.com/aSfhRbLmZy
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 27, 2018
Bradley is having a big postseason. He won the MVP in the ALCS after driving in nine runs on a pair of homers and a double.
Walker Buehler wouldn’t back down
This one was all about Walker Buehler through the first seven innings. The talented Dodgers right-hander knew the Red Sox would grind out at-bats and attempt to elevate his pitch count. They did, but Buehler never cracked under their pressure or the pressure of pitching a World Series game with his team’s chances perhaps hinging on his performance.
Walker Buehler has Dodger Stadium ROCKING after that strike out 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Y2GMWSfDnY
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 27, 2018
Buehler dialed up seven scoreless frames, allowing just two hits and walking none. He brought the heat too, striking out five while setting the tone for Los Angeles in a must-win game.
For those who say Buehler is currently the best pitcher on the Dodgers, Friday night was your best argument to date.
Manny Machado reminds us he isn’t ‘Johnny Hustle’
It happened. Again.
In a game that lacked scoring opportunities, Machado decided it was better to assume he’d homered and not run out his rocket shot to left field during the sixth inning. When the ball ultimately stayed in the ballpark, Manny was left with a long, almost embarrassing single.
Baseball is truly a game of inches 📏
— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) October 27, 2018
Manny Machado took 7.17 seconds to go home to first on his very, very long single.
Adam Rosales has TROTTED around the bases on a home run in 15.88 seconds.
— Michael Clair's haunted tweets (@michaelsclair) October 27, 2018
This is one postseason narrative that isn’t changing.
More from Yahoo Sports:
• Brown: Muncy’s heroics end longest postseason game ever
• Passan: Dodgers may have won more than just wildest World Series game in recent memory
• Kinsler feels ‘terrible’ for error that cost Red Sox dearly in Game 3 loss
• Six key moments that defined the Dodgers’ 3-2 win