Dodgers win Late, Late Show to cut Sox lead

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Sports - BY RON­ALD BLUM

Brian Dozier swung ba­nanas from a rope over the dugout rail­ing.

How ap­pro­pri­ate. The long­est game in World Se­ries his­tory was ba­nanas.

Twenty-three play­ers on each team, in­clud­ing nine pitch­ers.

Eigh­teen in­nings – four more than any of the pre­vi­ous 662 World Se­ries games.

Seven hours, 20 min­utes – 1:39 longer than any Se­ries game played be­fore and 15 min­utes more than all four games of the 1939 World Se­ries com­bined.

Walker Buehler threw the first pitch in au­tumn twi­light at 5:10 p.m. Pa­cific.

Max Muncy home­red on the 561st and last at 12:30 a.m., when most of Amer­ica was asleep and even fans in Alaska and in Hawaii were strug­gling to stay up.

Ernie Banks would have been happy – the Los An­ge­les Dodgers and Bos­ton Red Sox filled his oft-said de­sire: Let’s play two! “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was played twice, dur­ing the sev­enth-in­ning stretch and the 14th in­ning elon­ga­tion.

“It was an amaz­ing game,” Dodgers out­fielder Yasiel Puig said. “I’m a lit­tle tired. But we’re ready to come back to­mor­row.”

Then he looked at his watch and cor­rected him­self.

“In a cou­ple of hours,” Puig said.

Live from Hol­ly­wood: the Late Late Late Show: The Dodgers’ dra­matic, drain­ing, dizzy­ing 3-2 vic­tory Fri­day night cut their World Se­ries deficit to 2-1.

“I think my beard got about 3 inches longer,” said Dodgers third base­man Justin Turner, whose red whiskers al­ready were Santa length.

Soc­cer ends af­ter 120 min­utes and is de­cided by penalty kicks.

Even Wim­ble­don is in­sti­tut­ing fifth-set tiebreak­ers next year when tied 12-12 af­ter John Is­ner’s 70-68 first-round tri­umph over Ni­co­las Mahut in 2010 and Is­ner’s 26-24 semi­fi­nal de­feat to Kevin An­der­son this year.

No U.S. ma­jor team sport DOU­BLED the length of a game in its cham­pi­onship.

No­tably, a Bos­ton team has been in­volved in the long­est ti­tle match in all four of the ma­jor sports.

Only once has the Su­per Bowl gone to over­time, with only an ex­tra 11:02 needed for New Eng­land’s win over At­lanta in 2017 .

There have been only two NBA Fi­nals games need­ing the ex­tra 15 min­utes of three over­times, Bos­ton’s vic­tory over Phoenix in 1976 and the Suns’ win over Chicago in 1993.

The long­est Stan­ley Cup fi­nal matchup was Ed­mon­ton’s win over Bos­ton in the 1990 opener, a three-over­time af­fair re­quir­ing an ex­tra 55:13.

“You look up and see the 18th in­ning, and you’re like, holy cow, where did the game go?” Muncy said.

“Those last nine in­nings or so just kind of blended to­gether.”

The Dodgers munched on peanut but­ter and ba­nana sand­wiches pro­vided by a team em­ployee, and hung the ba­nanas to pro­duce fruit­ful luck – harken­ing back to the rally ba­nana cred­ited by En­rique Her­nan­dez for help­ing end a 35-in­ning score­less streak three years ago.

“You want to have fun with it,” said Rich Hill, the Dodgers sched­uled Game 4 starter be­fore a mid­dleof-the-night change to TBA to match Bos­ton’s prob­a­ble pitcher.

Clay­ton Ker­shaw, a three-time NL Cy Young Award win­ner with a .163 ca­reer bat­ting av­er­age, pinch hit in the 17th in­ning and lined out.

“Start­ing pitch­ers are used to get­ting their spikes on, but noth­ing usu­ally comes to fruition,” Ker­shaw said.

Muncy nearly won the game in the 15th in­ning, pulling a long drive off Nathan Eo­valdi that hooked just to the foul side of the right-field pole.

Eo­valdi, Bos­ton’s sched­uled Game 4 starter, was start­ing his sev­enth in­ning of re­lief when Muncy hit an op­po­site-field drive to left-cen­ter for the Dodgers’ fourth World Se­ries walkoff hit.

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