Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy celebrates after his walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox in the 18th inning of Game 3 of the World Series, on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Associated Press) Max Muncy, with the lucky uniform number 13, smacked a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 18th inning Saturday morning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in the longest World Series game ever played. The game took more than seven hours to complete. The victory gave the Dodgers their first win in the best-of-seven series after the Red Sox won Games 1 and 2 in Boston. Muncy connected off Nathan Eovaldi, who was in his seventh inning of relief after a grueling 7 hours, 20 minutes and 561 pitches to take home the win. Fans erupted throughout the stadium at 12:30 a.m. Saturday local time. The battle of attrition saw 46 players enter the field, 18 pitchers, 118 at-bats and 34 strikeouts — all World Series records, … [Read more...] about Dodgers top Red Sox, 3-2, in marathon 18-inning Game 3 of World Series
Extra inning games 2018
Updated 11:36 pm CDT, Friday, October 26, 2018 Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning in Game 3 of the World Series baseball game on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning in Game 3 of the World Series baseball game on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. Photo: Jae C. Hong, AP Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson watches his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning in Game 3 of the World Series baseball game on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson watches his home run against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning in Game 3 of the World Series baseball game on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. Photo: Mark J. … [Read more...] about Red Sox, Dodgers tied 1-all in extras in Game 3 of Series
USC has five games left in the 2018 season, and through the first seven games, one thing has become abundantly clear: USC does not deserve to play in a big game this year. Nearly every one of the Trojans’ wins has been a nail-biter because this USC team does not know how to adapt to any situation. As Floyd Mayweather once said, “A true champion can adapt to anything.” The USC football team is not a true champion. The best coaches are able to recognize not only what their team is doing wrong, but also identify how the opposing team is succeeding in order to respond effectively. Last week in Salt Lake City, there was a glaring lack of adequate mid-game coaching. The Trojans spent the full 60 minutes with the same offensive approach they entered the game with. Utah’s defense is well-coached, and like any well-coached defense, they anticipated USC’s offensive approach and were ready to adapt to any game-time changes. “Tonight was a night where another … [Read more...] about Extra Innings: Football is survival of the fittest and USC hasn’t adapted
Major League Baseball does not have a problem with the structure of its playoffs, but it does have a problem with the structure of the Wild Card Game. The single “win or go home” format of the Wild Card Game goes against everything that the series-based season and playoffs stand for. In one of my first Daily Trojan columns I voiced why MLB has the unique ability to determine which 10 clubs should be playing in the postseason. There is no other professional sport that is able to do that: The NFL, NHL and NBA seasons are too short to account for slumps, fluke wins and streaks. The beauty of the 162-game baseball season is that it allows for all of the aforementioned circumstances to be naturally corrected. One of the most supported proposals to the to MLB is to eliminate the effect divisions have on determining which team continues onto the postseason. I have yet to understand why this is so supported. Divisions within leagues are a quintessential part of the scheduling of … [Read more...] about Extra Innings: MLB’s Wild Card Game is problematic
HOUSTON — With 10 games remaining in the 2018 season and yet another year with the Mariners absent from the playoffs, the debates as to what the organization does for next year and beyond have become prevalent. There is a growing sentiment from the Mariners’ fanbase to blow the roster up and start over, similar to what other teams are doing around baseball. It’s become the new social media response to failure. But are the Mariners in a realistic position to do that? Columnist Larry Stone wrote about the Mariners’ being in baseball limbo last week. Beat writer Ryan Divish also discussed it in his recent Twitter mailbag. In this week’s podcast, Divish and Stone discussed that situation with the Mariners. Should they blow it up and do a complete rebuild? Are they even in a position to do that with their roster? How would it work? Also included as part of that is the future of Nelson Cruz with the organization. Cruz is a free agent after the season, but wold … [Read more...] about Extra Innings podcast: Are the Mariners stuck in baseball limbo?