The Dodgers and the Astros played ten innings of intense, October baseball on Sunday, only for Houston to come out on top with a final score of 13-12. A lot went wrong pitching-wise for both teams. Clayton Kershaw (4.2 IP) and Dallas Keuchel (3.2 IP) did not perform as well as expected, and both bullpens gave up a combined 15 earned runs. The Dodgers and Astros were both able to capitalize offensively, making for one of, if not the, most entertaining games this postseason.
Dave Roberts caught up with the media after the game to discuss the usage of his bullpen, Bill Miller’s strike-zone, and so much more. Below are some of the highlights!
Dave Roberts on using Brandon Morrow:
He called down and said that he felt good… He called in the middle of the game and said “hey if we take the lead I want to pitch, I want the ball, my body feels good.” So in the 7th inning right there you can’t turn him down.
Dave Roberts on how taxed the Bullpen is:
I think it’s the case when you’re at this point in October. I think that the Astros can say the same thing. I think everyone’s taxed right now.
Dave Roberts on Clayton Kershaw’s start:
[Clayton Kershaw] was rolling. He was throwing the ball well, good rhythm… [The Astros] competed. They kept grinding and got the big hit when they needed. Obviously the walk to Springer and Bregman sort of did him in right there.
Dave Roberts on the emotions that the team went went through on Sunday:
I think this whole series has been an emotional roller-coaster. It’s the two best teams playing for a championship… You’re not going to expect [the Astros] to lay down and obviously you saw what our guys did [Sunday night] and competed to the last out.
Dave Roberts on Bill Miller’s strike-zone:
I think that for us, and I think on the other side, we know Bill Miller’s strike-zone. So I don’t think that that, at all, affected the outcome of the game.
You can watch the entire video of Dave Roberts’ thoughts after Game 5 of the World Series below!
The World Series will come back to Los Angeles for Game 6 on Tuesday, with a potential Game 7 taking place on Wednesday. It is now a must-win situation for the Dodgers, because one more loss and they are going home.
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