Game 3 of the World Series between the Red Sox and Dodgers on Friday night was one of the wildest Fall Classic contests in recent memory. In an 18-inning, 3-2 Dodgers victory, which ended on a Player Page for Max Muncy walk-off home run, Los Angeles and Boston combined to
Game 3 of the World Series between the Red Sox and Dodgers on Friday night was one of the wildest Fall Classic contests in recent memory. In an 18-inning, 3-2 Dodgers victory, which ended on a Player Page for Max Muncy walk-off home run, Los Angeles and Boston combined to use a postseason-record 18 pitchers in the longest World Series game in history, both in terms of time (seven hours, 20 minutes) and innings.
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Here are 18 facts, one for each inning, to know about Game 3:
• Muncy's walk-off homer was the first in the World Series since his current teammate, David Freese, delivered one for the Cardinals in Game 6 in 2011. Coming in the 18th inning, it tied for the latest in postseason history with the Astros' Chris Burke, who beat the Braves in Game 4 of the 2005 National League Division Series. Muncy joined Kirk Gibson (Game 1 in 1988), Jackie Robinson (Game 6 in '56) and Cookie Lavagetto (Game 4 in '47) as the only players in Dodgers history to have walk-off hits in the World Series.
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• Previously, the Dodgers' latest postseason homer was Kirk Gibson's 12th-inning shot against the Mets at Shea Stadium in Game 4 of the 1988 NL Championship Series. Even in the regular season, the Dodgers had homered in the 18th or later only once (since 1925), when Rick Dempsey's solo shot off Dennis Martinez broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 22nd inning at Montreal on Aug. 23, 1989.
• Game 3 was the longest postseason game in MLB history at seven hours, 20 minutes. It surpassed the previous record of six hours, 23 minutes, which was set in Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS between the Giants and Nationals in Washington (San Francisco won that game, 2-1, in 18 innings).
• Game 3 was only the eighth game of any kind (regular season or postseason) since at least 1908 to exceed seven hours in length. The last was on Aug. 24, 2013, between the Phillies and D-backs, which lasted seven hours, six minutes (Arizona won, 12-7, in 18 innings).
• In terms of longest World Series games, Game 3 eclipsed Game 3 of the 2005 World Series in total length -- that game between the White Sox and Astros was five hours, 41 minutes, ending in a 7-5 Chicago victory in 14 innings at Minute Maid Park. The White Sox went on to sweep the Astros for their first World Series title in 88 years.
Friday's Game 3 between the Red Sox and Dodgers also set a new record for longest World Series game in terms of innings, at 18. The aforementioned Game 3 in 2005, as well as Game 1 in 2015 (Royals 5, Mets 4) and Game 2 in 1916 between the same two franchises that are playing in this year's Fall Classic (Dodgers 2, Red Sox 1) held the previous mark at 14 innings.
• To put the time it took to play Game 3 in perspective, consider this note from STATS: The entire 1939 World Series finished in less time, wrapping up in a tidy seven hours, five minutes. The Yankees swept the Reds in that one, with none of the four games lasting longer than two hours, four minutes.
• When Eduardo Nunez hit a dribbler up the first-base line that was fielded by pitcher Scott Alexander in the top of the 13th, Alexander threw the ball high and past second baseman Enrique Hernandez, who was covering first base. Brock Holt came around to score on the play, which represented the first instance of a go-ahead run scoring on an error in extra innings of a World Series game since the Mets' Mookie Wilson's ground ball went between Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner's legs in Game 6 in 1986, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run.
• When Dodgers reliever Alex Wood took the mound to pitch the top of the 18th, he became the 44th player to participate in the contest, setting a new World Series record. The previous instance in which two teams combined to use 43 players in a World Series game was Game 3 in 2005 between the White Sox and Astros.
• The Red Sox and Dodgers each used nine pitchers in the game, tying a postseason record. The 2017 Dodgers (World Series Game 2) and the '05 White Sox (World Series Game 3) also utilized nine pitchers. The 18 total pitchers used set a record not only for the World Series, but any postseason game.
• The teams combined to use 46 players, including Clayton Kershaw, who served as a pinch-hitter. The only players who didn't get into the game were pitchers -- Boston's Thomas Pomeranz and Chris Sale, and L.A.'s Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu. That broke the postseason record of 45 players set by the Braves and Mets in their 15-inning battle in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS.
• When Maeda struck out counterpart Nathan Eovaldi in the top of the 16th, it was the Red Sox's 18th strikeout of the game, setting a new World Series record. The prior mark was held by the 1968 Tigers, who struck out 17 times against Hall of Famer Bob Gibson in Game 1. Boston hitters struck out 19 times in Game 3, while Los Angeles struck out 15 times. The combined 34 strikeouts are also a World Series record.
• When Christian Vazquez moved from catcher to first base in the 11th inning, he became only the second player to play those two positions in a World Series game, joining Oakland's Gene Tenace in Games 3, 6 and 7 of the 1973 World Series.
• When Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up a game-tying homer to Jackie Bradley Jr. in the eighth inning, it was the second time a L.A. pitcher had given up a game-tying home run in the eighth inning or later of a World Series game. The other: Jansen gave up a game-tying homer to the Astros' Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the 2017 World Series. Houston went on to win that game, 7-6, in 11 innings.
• Eovaldi's 97 pitches were the most in a relief appearance in the World Series, and he was the first reliever to complete six innings in a Fall Classic game since the Dodgers' Rick Rhoden went seven in Game 4 in 1977 against the Yankees.
• Eovaldi had two at-bats, becoming the first relief pitcher to have two plate appearances in a World Series game since the Cardinals' Bob Forsch, who went 0-for-2 in Game 4 of the 1987 World Series against the Twins.
• The top four spots in Boston's lineup went a combined 0-for-28, with leadoff man Mookie Betts contributing an 0-for-7 line and No. 2 hitter Xander Bogaerts going 0-for-8. That set a record -- regular season or postseason -- for hitless at-bats by any team's top four hitters in the live-ball era, according to STATS.
• The Dodgers have never lost a Game 3 of the World Series at home when trailing, 2-0, improving to 7-0 in such games. They also won Game 3 in 1981 against the Yankees (won the Series in six), '65 against the Twins (won the Series in seven), '55 against the Yankees (won the Series in seven), '53 against the Yankees (lost the Series in six), '47 against the Yankees (lost the Series in seven) and '16 against the Red Sox (lost the Series in five).
• The Dodgers became the first team to win a World Series game after trailing in the 11th inning or later.
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