MLB World Series Game 3 – Walker Buehler was the story in Game 3 of the 2020 World Series. Buehler dismantled Tampa Bay’s batters with his vast array of skills. Buehler notched up a playoff career-high with 10 strikeouts, 1 earned run, and 6 innings pitched. He did not do it alone, but his teammates provided a spark and fed off his energy.
Dodgers Balanced Scoring
Leading the Dodgers’ balanced scoring was Justin Turner. Turner finished the game 2-5 with 2 runs and an RBI-homer to engineer LA’s early onslaught. Mookie Betts was also big going 2-5 in the contest with 2 hits and 2 steals. Corey Seager continues his red-hot October going 1-3 with 1 run across his tally. Max Muncy and catcher, Austin Barnes, each went 2-4 and 2 RBIs. The latter drilled a solo homer in the sixth and everything went LA’s way. The Rays, meanwhile, were helpless to the LA surge.
Rays Quiet Evening
The Tampa Bay Rays were completely shut down by LA through their timely hitting. It was a completely underwhelming performance by a Rays team that looked lifeless on the field. Game 3 starter, Charlie Morton racked up 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 4.1 innings pitched but had a rough time putting away LA’s well-rounded offense. The 7 hits he surrendered were the big reason why Morton got knocked around all-night long.
Rays’ shortstop, Willy Adames, and ALCS MVP, Randy Arozarena were the only ones that provided Tampa Bay’s scoring output. Adames went 1-3 with an RBI-double that gave the Rays their first run of the game. Arozarena, on the other hand, he had the only other run with a solo home run off LA closer, Kenley Jansen. Arozarena’s home run was of minor consolation which does not affect the results. All in all, it was a miserable game for the Rays as they are now down in a 2-1 hole.
Timely 2-Out Mid-game Hits
The key factor of the game came in the form of 2-out situations in the middle innings. The Dodgers began to stretch its wings with Max Muncy delivering a 2-run knock to give LA a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Then, LA added more damage the next inning. Austin Barnes’ sacrifice bunt and Mookie Betts’ single resulted in RBIs as LA went up by 5. Lastly, Barnes gave Tampa Bay the exclamation point. With the score at 5-1 in the 6th, Barnes hit a rocket off John Curtiss that signified the end to Tampa Bay’s chances of a comeback. The Dodgers were unchallenged as they hardly broke a sweat in their rout against the Rays.
Buehler’s Strikeout Fiesta
Walker Buehler was a strikeout machine in Game 3 of the Fall Classic. He was all over the place and displayed all four pitches: Fastball, changeup, curveball, and slider to good use. Once he got everything working on all cylinders, Buehler became an unstoppable force and did not let up even for a split second. Buehler was the reason why Tampa Bay could not keep pace with his pitches. His deception had great caught the Rays off guard and Tampa Bay poses no threat of rattling his confidence.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been dealt a big blow and would love to get back at LA for what they did to them. Now it is their turn to see if whether or not they step up to the plate. They will return to the basics on how they cannot afford to repeat the same mistakes that they had in Game 3.
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