Two of the most storied Major League Baseball franchises in history are on a collision course to face each other in the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers head to Beer City, Milwaukie, leading 3-2 off a dominating performance by ace Clayton Kershaw. On the other side, the Boston Red Sox, on the heels of a miracle catch, took a 3-1 lead in the American League Championship series.
In LA, Kershaw came off his worst playoff performance to shine in one of his best as he pitched the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory. Kershaw, arguably the greatest left hander to ever pitch in the big leagues, went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out 9. Of his 9 K’s, 85% of them were on two strike sliders.
“I was just feeling it,” he said.
In Houston, a wild game ended up in Boston’s favor, 8-6. The first inning created fireworks alone when Jose Altuve sent a rocket to right field, only to see the sure-fire, two run home run ruled an out for fan interference. Mookie Betts had jumped toward the stands to make the catch, but a couple of fans reached out to catch the home run ball. It looked like Betts had a play on the ball, but the fans hands glanced his glove.
After that, there was plenty of other fireworks. The game came down to Houston having the bases loaded, down two, with two outs. What happened next will go down as one of the greatest clutch catches in Major League history. Alex Bregman hit a line drive shot to left field that looked like it was going to drop to tie the game. That is, until Boston’s Andrew Benintendi made a remarkable diving catch to end the game. If Benintendi’s gamble doesn’t pay off, the ball gets through and Houston wins the game. Instead, the Red Sox play game 5 with a chance to clinch the series.
As the Sox outfielders were running back to the dugout, Benintendi patted Betts on the shoulder. Betts responded by saying “Thank you, sir.”
Now, two of the most storied franchises in all of pro sports are on a collision course. All they have to do now is win one more game each for their trains to meet head on.