It took 18 innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers to overcome the Boston Red Sox and now find themselves back in the series with just a 2-1 deficit.
Wow, what a game. In what was the longest postseason game in MLB history, the Los Angeles Dodgers were finally able to overcome the Boston Red Sox in 18 innings on a walk-off, opposite-field blast from Mad Max Muncy.
This game was an all-timer. It is something that I will tell my grandkids about. If the Dodgers end up coming back from a 2-0 hole and win it all, Muncy’s home run will go down as one of the greatest of all-time.
Up there with Kirk Gibson‘s infamous blast, Joe Carter‘s World Series winner, Bill Mazeroski‘s game seven walk-off winner in 1925 and The Shot Heard ‘Round the World (something we don’t like talking about as Dodger fans), Muncy could cement himself in the all-time record books.
If the Red Sox recover from the loss and go on to win the Series, Muncy’s home run will be a nice highlight that gets lost in Boston’s fourth celebration in 14 years.
Game 3 was the Dodgers’ most crucial game to date and was about as must-win as a game seven is in the World Series. No team in World Series history has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit, a 2-1 deficit is much more doable.
Not only did the Dodgers come away with a win in the most important game of the season thus far, but the team also did it in the perfect manner.
While nobody in that clubhouse wanted the game to go 18 innings and neither did the fans, the game going that long was ideal for the Dodgers as they host the Red Sox for two more games in LA.
Here are the implications of the Dodgers winning Game 3 in 18 innings.