Los Angeles appeared to be in position to win its city another major sports title on Sunday night. The Lakers got the job done earlier this month and the Dodgers were in position to close out the World Series in this game, but a late Tampa Bay rally on Saturday night leveled the series at 2-2. Los Angeles needs a big performance from its ace in Game 5 on Sunday.
Dodgers collapse in Game 4Los Angeles is coming off a collapse in Game 4 of the World Series. The Dodgers were one strike away from taking a 3-1 lead in the series multiple times, but they could not close the game out. Several players had enormous days at the plate. Shortstop Corey Seager continued his postseason success, going 4 for 5 at the dish and scoring three runs. Third baseman Justin Turner had a monster day as well, going 4 for 5 and scoring a pair of runs. Julio Urias started the game for the Dodgers, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out nine across 4.2 innings. Kenley Jansen was unable to get the save, allowing a pair of base knocks in the ninth inning to drive in the winning run.
Veteran pitcher Clayton Kershaw will make the start for Los Angeles on Sunday night. He was dominant in Game 1 of the World Series, allowing Tampa Bay to score just one run on two hits and one walk. The Rays struck out eight times across his six innings on the bump. Kershaw’s lone mistake came when he allowed a solo homer to Kevin Kiermaier in the fifth inning. The 32-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in the postseason, but it was one of his best playoff outings of his career. He allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in a loss to Atlanta in Game 4 of the NLCS.
Rays coming off incredible winTampa Bay has been proving doubters wrong all season—it continued on Saturday night. The Rays took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brandon Lowe hit a three-run homer to left-center field. The Dodgers re-took the lead in the seventh, but a Kevin Kiermaier long ball in the seventh tied it at 6-6. Things really got crazy in the bottom of the ninth, as pinch-hitter Brett Phillips hit a base hit to center field to tie the game. However, the Dodgers were unable to secure the ball at the plate, allowing Randy Arozarena to score the winning run. It was a bullpen day for Tampa Bay, as the team used seven pitchers during the contest.
Right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow will be hoping to bounce back from a rough outing his last time out when he takes the mound on Sunday. He has been one of the best pitchers on the team this season, but he walked a season-high six batters in Game 1 of the World Series. Glasnow allowed six runs over 4.1 innings, marking his second-shortest start of the postseason. He struck out eight batters, but allowed a two-run homer to Cody Bellinger and then gave up four more earned runs in the fifth inning. The 27-year-old took a loss against Houston in Game 4 of the ALCS, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out five across six innings of work.
Tampa Bay is:
- 2-5 in its last seven World Series games
- 1-4 in its last five during game five of a series
Los Angeles is:
- 7-0 in its last seven playoff games favored between -150 and -200