LOS ANGELES – What euphoria did the Dodgers Clubhouse gain after surviving the longest game in World Series history?
That Variety: Manny Machado added to his notable price deflation in October … only this time he owned His Mistake:
Max Muncy's off-road, 18th-inning Homer off Nathan Eovaldi gave the Dodgers on Saturday morning in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium a 3-2 win. It took seven hours and 20 minutes, but the Dodgers shortened Red Sox's lead to 2: 1 and gave this match legitimacy. It also made Irrelevant Machado's sixth-inning double-turned-single as well as his overall 1-for-7 representation.
Well, irrelevant to everyone except those who watch this series through the prism of the future. As in: "Should my team spend a lot on Machado?"
Machado has given the Yankees and other potential worshipers several reasons to think twice about a big commitment to him. He often made his mistakes even worse by saying the wrong thing afterwards.
That he said at least the right thing among a group of cheering teammates is a kind of progress. If it does not resolve any concerns, it will at least no longer inflame it.
With two outs in the sixth inning and the Dodgers leading 1
"At first I thought it would not work," Machado said. "Then I saw it take off, and I thought somehow that it would go out."
Consequently, he did not run. So, when the ball hit the middle of the wall in the left midfield. Machado had to settle for the single. Cody Bellinger arrived at Brock Holt's second base to end the inning.
Daren Willman, director of Major League Baseball research and development, tweeted that Machado needed 7.17 seconds to travel from home plate to first base. For comparison, Jeff Passan of Yahoo has noted that in the National League Championship Series Game 7 Machado ran out in just 3.96 seconds a single bank
"That was very, very, very, very bad bases of mine," said Machado , "I probably would not be in second base, but very embarrassing."
He did not make up for it during the game. He lost an eight-pitch, eight-fight inning fight with Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes, stroking to finish the frame with Muncy stranded at the first base. In the tenth he placed Muncy when he came to Red Sox Shortstop Xander Bogaerts. On the 13th, after the Red Sox had jumped forward, he followed Muncy's path with a pop-out to the left field; The Dodgers then scored the Binding Run. And in the 15th he appeared on the second base.
As a result, Machado's continued chaotic postseason. He found all sorts of problems against the Brewers in the National League Championship Series and was accused by Christian Yelich of Milwaukee of being a "dirty player" after he kicked Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar and told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic: " I'm not the kind of player who will be & # 39; Johnny Hustle & # 39 ;, and run down the line and slip to the first base. "
He honored those words again, just to give way a little. Remember how many Yankees fans loathed Robinson Cano for his hasty appearance – and indeed, Cano worked hard in various ways to emerge early in the stadium and help young Latino teammates move into the big leagues.
If you're Machado's representative You lose hair every time Manny pulls a Manny. But you're glad he repented for his team for such a glorious night.
"Nobody said it would be easy, it was not easy for us all year," said Machado, who joined the Dodgers in July. "I'm just telling you how much heart we have, how much Grind we have here."
A little more Grind from Machado moving forward would go a long way for his fall.