Bill Plaschke: Dodgers put on a show and return World Series to status quo in Game 3

By Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Baseball

There, that's more like it.

Whew, sigh, dizzying and daring Dodger normalcy has returned the World Series.

Two days after tumbling, the greatest baseball show on Earth took flight again Friday, spinning the Tampa Bay Rays silly with an eye-popping array of baseball acrobatics.

The Dodgers won Game 3, 6-2, while taking a two-games-to-one lead with the sort of diverse dominance that surely left the Rays wondering.

"I've been on the other side and it's tough. ... It's kind of tough to stop the bleeding," said the Dodgers' Mookie Betts. "We did a good job of keeping the pressure."

You want pressure? They turned the Rays a deep shade of Dodger blue with pressure.


The Dodgers beat them with their arms, ace Walker Buehler displaying his big-game magic by allowing one run and just three hits over six innings with 10 strikeouts.

The Dodgers also beat them with their feet, Corey Seager starting an early uprising by taking a curveball off his toes.

The Dodgers beat them long, Justin Turner beginning their scoring in the first inning with a blast into the left field seats, Austin Barnes ending the scoring in the sixth with a homer that dropped over the left-center field fence.

The Dodgers also beat them short, Barnes dropping down the first successful squeeze bunt in the World Series in a dozen years. (That's right, the same guy drove in run with a homer and a bunt in the same game for only the second time in World Series history. Pretty neat for a part-time catcher, huh?)


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