Saturday, October 28, 2017

World Series: Houston Takes 2-1 Advantage As Brad Peacock Pitches Perfectly In 5-3 Victory

Players of the Day for Friday, October 27, 2017

World Series

Peacock perfect over 3 2/3
It's not often that a long reliever is singled out as the most important playing in a winning effort, but the 3 2/3 innings of peerless pitching by Houston's Brad Peacock was the determining factor in the Astros winning game three, 5-3, to take a two games to one edge in the World Series.

After the Astros has disposed of Dodger starter, Yu Darvish, in a four-run, second inning uprising, Houston hurler, Lance McCullers soldiered on, giving up a run in the top of the third, but ran into more trouble in the sixth. McCullers walked Corey Seager and allowed a double down the left field line by Justin Turner before whiffing Cody Bellinger for the first out of the inning and an end to his night.

Peacock came on with runners on second and third with one out, and prompted a weak ground out from Yasiel Puig. Seager scored on the play, the run attributed to McCullers. Next, in what was possibly Peacock's only mistake of the night, Turner scored on a wild pitch to Chase Utley, making the score 5-3. Peacock managed to get Utley to foul out to third, ending the inning.

After that, the Dodgers never had a chance. Peacock dominated the final three innings, issuing one walk, fanning four, without giving up as much as a single base hit.

The game ended with Peacock retiring the last seven batters he faced, putting Houston within two games of their first World Series title and the Dodgers wondering what went wrong after winning game one and leading in game two.

McCullers was credited with the win, Peacock earning the save.

Houston batters were 12-for-36 in the game (.333), while the Dodgers managed only four hits in 29 at-bats, a .138 average.

Next up is game four, Saturday, at 8:09 pm ET at Houston's Minute Maid Park. Alex Wood gets the start for the Dodgers, against Houston's Charlie Morton.

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