Los Angeles Dodgers Beat Houston Astros To Win Game 4 Of The 2017 World Series
The Los Angeles Dodgers fought through some great pitching to tie up the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros at 2-2.
The big headline going into Game 4 was the decision by both teams to not start their ace pitchers. Hypothetically starting Dallas Keuchel or Clayton Kershaw would allow them to be available to pitch again in Game 7, but both teams decided to put their faith in their number four starters.
And it was a pretty good gamble. Both Alex Hill for LA and Charlie Morton for Houston were absolutely terrific on the mound for both sides. Heading into the sixth inning, Morton had faced the minimum batters possible and Hill had a no-hitter going.
The sixth is when the game truly began. In the top half of the inning, the Dodgers managed to get the first runner in scoring position of the entire game when Enrique Hernandez hit a single that moved Austin Barners to third. With only one out and runners on first and third, it looked like LA would strike first. However, Taylor hit a ground ball at third basemen Alex Bregman who threw out Barnes at home, preventing a run. Corey Seager then flew out, and Morton managed to get out of the jam.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Astros finally managed to put a run on the board when George Springer hit his second homer of the series, putting Houston up 1-0. The Astros were now in striking distance of putting the Dodgers down 3-1 in the series.
Morton would be pulled after Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers star player during the regular season, finally managed to get his first hit of the series with a one-out double. Logan Forsythe ended up driving in Bellinger with a two out single, tying the game at one.
Bellinger ended up getting another clutch hit in the top of the 9th inning when he hit a double with runners on first and second to drive in one run and put the Dodgers up 2-1 and put them in position to win the game. Barnes would add another run with a sacrifice fly two batters later, which was followed up by a three run homer by Joc Pederson to put them up 6-1.
After going hitless in the first three games of the series, Bellinger came up huge in Game 4 and essentially won the game for the Dodgers. Considering LA’s struggles to score by means other than home runs so far in this series, having their best player finally getting the bat on the ball is definitely a good sign going forward.
Now both teams will throw their aces in Game 5. For the Astros, this may be a must-win game as Game 6 and 7 will both take place in Los Angeles. That would be quite a mountain to climb if they can’t win tomorrow night.
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