Recap - how much will the Game 3 loss cost the Red Sox

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

Were it not for the emotional investment in the outcome of the game, Red Sox fans might consider Friday night's World Series Game 3 one of the greatest Fall Classic spectacles ever.

This one had just about everything - both teams used 23 players, including 9 pitchers each - before the Dodgers finally prevailed 3-2 in 18 innings.

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There were home runs - including Jackie Bradley Jr.s game-tying blast in the eighth inning, great defense - with Eduardo Nunez barreling into the stands on the third base line, incredible pitching - Dodgers starter Walker Buehler and Red Sox "rover" Nathan Eovaldi (pictured) both deserved far better with the former earning a no-decision and the latter being saddled with the loss.

The HUGE problem Boston now faces is deciding on who to pitch in Game 4 Saturday night. The only two pitchers on the roster not used were Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz, and Red Sox fans are probably NOT optimistic about any game that Pomeranz appears in.

Eovaldi is clearly out of the rotation for at least the next two games, and you have to wonder how the bullpen will respond because odds are that this could turn into another all-hands-on-deck scenario for Boston, even though they still have a 2-games-to-1 lead in the World Series.

Ian Kinsler will probably go down as the goat thanks to a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the 13th that allowed the tying run to score, but it remains that the Red Sox offense was almost completely inept with the top four spots in the lineup 0-for-28 with nine left on base.

Eovaldi was nothing short of spectacular. Originally thought to be the Game 4 starter, manager Alex Cora opted to use him in relief and Eovadi responded with six innings of two-run (one earned) ball on three hits, a walk and five strikeouts.

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