Game 3 becomes longest postseason contest in Major League Baseball history

Tyler Owen
October 27, 2018

Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy scores on a throwing error by Boston Red Sox's Nathan Eovaldi during the 13th inning in Game 3 of the World Series baseball game on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Baseball is a team sport - you win as a group, you lose as a group.

Eighteen innings - four more than any of the previous 662 World Series games. More remarkably, as tweeted by, is this game took longer than the entire 1939 Series, in which the Yankees swept the Reds in four games that took a cumulative 7:05 to play. Baseball is wonderful and awful. With over 53,110 fans in a packed Dodger Stadium, the match-up with the leading Red Sox saw the boys in blue finally get back in the game to garner their first win of the competition so far.

"The way that our guys, our pen, got the outs that they needed, they did a heck of a job", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

When your scheduled starting pitcher for Game 4 of the World Series ends up being the losing pitcher in Game 3 the night before - or in this case, the morning of - what do you do for a starting pitcher in Game 4? "I would think that most people would be better at their home ballpark and to have their home crowd behind them".

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"It's a little sore, but I feel fine", Nunez said afterward.

Game 3 was the 12th World Series game to go 12 innings and the fourth World Series Game to go 14 innings, CBS Sports reports. Boston put its first two batters on base, but Maeda made a gutsy forceout throw to get Eduardo Nunez at third before striking out Sandy Leon and Mookie Betts, who didn't like the called third strike. Nunez hit a slow roller between the mound and first base that Alexander fielded, but his throw to first was wide and trickled past the bag and down the line. And Nunez hurt himself a final time in the bottom of the inning, when he hauled in a catch in foul territory on the third-base side, then fell into the stands. Eovaldi took the loss working six innings giving up just three hits, two runs, one earned.

Dodgers: After the game, the team said its starter would be announced later.

Cora also said that Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 4 Saturday night despite working an inning of relief in Games 1 and 2.

The Dodgers munched on peanut butter and banana sandwiches provided by a team employee, and hung the bananas to produce fruitful luck - harkening back to the rally banana credited by Enrique Hernandez for helping end a 35-inning scoreless streak three years ago.

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