Muncy revives Dodgers' World Series hopes with epic moment


Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora says no decision has been made on whether slugger J.D. Martinez will start Game 3 of the World Series.

It was the first game-ending homer in a World Series game at Dodger Stadium since 1988, when a hobbled Kirk Gibson won game 1 in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics. Five whole innings later, Muncy would win the game, and dig the Dodgers out of what was very almost an oppressively deep hole. Got him 3-0. He fought back.

Boston went ahead in the 13th when Brock Holt scored from second on a bad fielding exchange between Dodgers reliever Scott Alexander and second baseman Enrique Hernandez.

The Red Sox fell to the Dodgers, 3-2, in Game 3, a 7-hour-20-minute game, the longest in postseason history. He proved it again in sixth on Friday, when he roped a long drive to left field.

However, despite one dramatic turn after another on the field and Max Muncy living the dream with that walk-off homer well after midnight PT at the bottom of the 18th, the ratings for Fox did not hold out as long as the fans on Friday.

It appeared over when Yasiel Puig stepped up to the plate with two outs, Boston just one out from a third win. Some you should be ashamed of you for saying "plane crash", but yeah, I get it. Instead, the veteran second baseman muffed his throw to first base, allowing Muncy to score and Puig to celebrate at first instead of taking second base.

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"I feel like I let the team down right there", he said.

There have been only two NBA Finals games needing the extra 15 minutes of three overtimes, Boston's victory over Phoenix in 1976 and the Suns' win over Chicago in 1993. The 24-year-old was making only his 27th start at the big-league level, but he touched triple-digits with his fastball and kept Red Sox hitters off balance with well-placed cutters and a handful of slow breaking balls.

The stakes: With Max Muncy giving the Dodgers life, they now have the opportunity to set things back to square one. But the Red Sox were only in position to extend the game thanks to Eovaldi's heroics.

"There's some guys that we wanted to stay away from today, namely (Ryan) Madson, Julio (Urias)", Roberts said.

Even in defeat, Cora applauded the gutty performance by Eovaldi, who has come back from three major arm surgeries. "Considering where we're at, down 2-1, home crowd behind us, I think there's a little bit of momentum on our side, yeah".