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Dodgers World Series: Rays Tie up the Series After Bats Show Up Too Late

Highlights from Game 2 of the World Series.



Another day, another World Series game for the Dodgers and Rays. The two teams went toe-to-toe in Game 2 with LA up a game in the series. Los Angeles turned to Tony Gonsolin on short rest to make their start while the Rays went with former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell.

Pitching Dictates the Game

The Dodgers have lived and died by their offense, but it’s the pitching that has carried them into the World Series. Unfortunately, the rested pitching didn’t show up in the early going of Game 2. Tony Gonsolin was taken deep in the 1st inning by Brandon Lowe and could not make it through the 2nd. 

The Dodgers bullpen had to take over after Gonsolin and didn’t have much luck. Dustin May gave up a couple of runs that included another blast by Lowe, and Joe Kelly gave up a run as well. In total, the bullpen gave up 5 runs following Gonsolin. 

Blake Snell was an entirely different story. The former Cy Young winner tossed 4.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on a homerun by Will Smith. Before that homerun, Snell had not allowed a single hit to the Dodgers. He ended his night with 9 strikeouts and 4 walks. 

Offense Shows up Late

Once again, the Dodgers offense decided to show up a little late in this one. Will Smith homered in the 5th inning and Chris Taylor homered in the 6th. The bats went quiet until the 8th inning when Corey Seager hit a solo shot that got Los Angeles back within 2 runs

Los Angeles continued to rally in the 8th but could not get the job done. Justin Turner blooped in a double, but a Max Muncy flyout followed by a hard lineout from Will Smith put them in a tough spot. Left-handed reliever Aaron Loup came in and struck out Cody Bellinger to end the threat. 

Up Next for the World Series

The Dodgers and Rays will get a break on Thursday before going back at it in Game 3. Charlie Morton gets the ball for Tampa Bay and Walker Buehler will go for Los Angeles as both teams look to take a series lead. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. What you’re missing in a that we played a Tampa game by not having our pitching act together. The idea of sending half the bullpen to the mound is not what you should be doing the second game of the World Series. We can’t be spending $200 million to reach the WS and not have enough starting pitchers.

  2. I take it back we don’t have 4 starters, Gonsolin and May are proving to be playoff hacks the way the Dodgers are using their pitching staff can blow up in their face we essentially have 2 starters and Buehler doesn’t exactly go very long lately. They can’t be using 7 pitchers a night and expect to win this series they’ve been taxed from the first 2 rounds. The offense struck out too much but still managed to score 4, it was the pitching that faltered as well as defense. You have to win when you barely score in October facing the best. Someone’s gotta step up and go 7 and it has to be Buehler and Urias back to back

    • Too many guys swinging for the fence. Feast or famine. How about some line drives? I think they are too amped up. They are IMHO clearly the best team. Now they will have their hands full with Morton. They need to run up his pitch count and limit him to 4 or 5 innings.

      • The Dodgers need to start hitting to the opposite field more often!!!!!
        Why is it that Betts, Bellinger, Muncy, Barnes, Turner, Smith and damn, most of them don’t swing at the first and second pitches every time they come up? Seager swings at every pitch…learn from him, guys!!!!!Why does it have to be a homerun all the time? Bunt the damn ball to the opposite field!!!!!! LEARN TO HIT, BELLI!!!!

  3. Hindsight is always 20/20. But, given Alex Woods’ resume…he probably should have started Game 2. The Game 4 gem he pitched in ’17 was masterful. Start Wood and then let the pen take it from there. The moment of the game was the error by Kike…a tailor made double play ball and he boots it…inning continues and they score two runs – gotta tighten that up! Go Dodgers!

  4. Typical Dave Roberts and Front Office melt down. Cody Bellinger, listen to your Dad about your hitting, he knows what got you to the Show. Someone in the organization has been messing with the heads of the offense. What happened to the hand thing when Chris Taylor gets a hit? Those kind of actions are bonding. I would leave Walker in the garbage working on cars, lawn mowers and whatever other machinery that will help him develop those callouses he’s going to need next season.

  5. Always swinging for the fences,to many K’s, and a bull pen you can’t trust unfortunately will be our downfall. We need a DJ type hitter and another starting pitcher.

  6. SIMPLE—- WHERE WAS THE HIGH POWERED B.P. THE TALK ABOUT ? HOW DID D.R. END UP WITH OUT A STARTING PITCHER ? BIG RED & CAT MAN ARE NOT PITSHERS THAT CAN START . SORRY PITCHING FROM B.P. CLEAN HOUSE . A.F. GO GET SOME GOOD PITCHERS, FOR STARTS & B.P. AMAZING THE HITTING FROM ONE NITE TO THE NEXT,SOMETHING IS WRONG.CAN NOY WIN W.S. WITH ONLY 3 DUYS HITTING, THANK GOD FOR CORY, SMITH, AND GUYS LIKE THEM. FOR GOD SAKE MOVE MUNCY DOWN IN THE ORDER, GUYS ON BENCH HITTING BETTER, BUT D.R. HAS SOMETHING FOR MUNCY, PLAYERS CAN NOT ALL BE HAPPY WITH THAT.

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