Scouts: I said yesterday that lastnight’s game was very important for the Rays and they needed to make a statement in a big way. Well, I’m not sure they made a big statement, but they did show everyone they did not come all this way to just roll over and give up. They struck back, and in doing so, helped erase the early advantage LA gave themselves.
Rays 6, Dodgers 4
Blake Snell gave the Rays the early advantage throwing a no hitter for 4.2 innings. It allowed the Rays to build an early 5-0 lead, in which Brandon Lowe homered not once, but twice.
It wasn’t until the 5th that Snell started to fall apart. He walked Enrique Hernandez with two outs in the frame, and then lost the no-hitter by giving up a two run homer to Chris Taylor. Following the homer, Snell allowed another walk and a single, before finally getting the call to the bullpen. Nick Anderson came in and ended the threat.
Both teams scored in the 6th, the Rays on a Joey Wendle sac fly, and the Dodgers on a Wil Smith solo homer. That brought the total to 6-3. The final run on the night came off a Corey Seager homer in the 8th. But it was too little, too late. LA wasn’t able to overcome the early lead the Rays built up, and the well rested bullpen did their job well.
Thursday will be a day off for the two teams. The series will pick up again on Friday, with the Dodgers sending out ace Walker Buehler and the Rays will send out Charlie Morton. Historically, the winner of game 3 in a seven game series which was tied up at 1 game each, has gone on to win the series 65 of 94 times. I’m not really sure what that’s supposed to mean, but it seems kind of impressive right?