Published by Staff Writers, 27th October 2018 on foxsports.com.au
THE San Gabriel Mountains shimmering in the distance will be a welcome sight for the Los Angeles Dodgers after two chilly, failed nights at Fenway Park. FOLLOW LIVE BELOW!
No team has overcome a 2-0 World Series deficit in 22 years, but that is the tall task the Dodgers face after crumbling before the 37-foot-high Green Monster.
“It’s going to be warmer, and hopefully our bats get hot, too,” Cody Bellinger said after Thursday’s 4-2 defeat to the Boston Red Sox.
No wonder they were California Dreamin’ about the flight home.
Used to the balmy breezes at home and usually hospitable weather in the NL West, Los Angeles hadn’t started a game this year in a temperature below 58.
Facing a 53-degree fahrenheit temperature at the start of the opener, the Dodgers lost 8-4. It was just 46 in the first inning for Game 2, and the Dodgers’ bats were cold again – their last 16 hitters retired in order.
Boston benched left fielder Andrew Benintendi to make room for major league RBIs leader J.D. Martinez in the outfield as the World Series switched to the National League city for Game 3, resulting in the loss of the designated hitter.
With right-hander Rick Porcello on the mound for the Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Robert restored his top four home-run hitters to the line-up: left-handed-hitting Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy along with switch-hitting catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Lefties Chris Sale and David Price started the first two games for Boston and the Dodgers became the first team in World Series history to start a batting order of nine right-handed batters, none of them switch hitters.
Boston also benched first baseman Steve Pearce in favour of Mitch Moreland and second baseman Ian Kinsler in favor of Brock Holt.
BOSTON RED SOX
1. Mookie Betts (RH, RF)
2. Xander Bogaerts (RH, SS)
3. Mitch Moreland (LH, 1B)
4. J.D. Martinez (RH, LF)
5. Brock Holt (LH, 2B)
6. Rafael Devers (LH, 3B)
7. Jackie Bradley Jr. (LH, CF)
8. Christian Vasquez (RH, C)
9. Rick Porcello (RH, P)
Starting pitcher: Rick Porcello (RH)
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
1. Joc Pederson (LH, LF)
2. Justin Turner (RH, 3B)
3. Max Muncy (LH, 1B)
4. Manny Machado (RH, SS)
5. Cody Bellinger (LH, CF)
6. Yasiel Puig (RH, RF)
7. Yasmani Grandal (S, C)
8. Chris Taylor (RH, 2B)
9. Walker Buehler (RH, P)
Starting pitcher: Walker Buehler (RH)