In a Marathon game if there ever was one, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in Game three of the World Series in 18 innings on a Max Muncy walk off home run.
Despite the loss, which was long and excruciating, all I can think about is how fucking good is Nate Eovaldi?
People outside of Boston might look at his 6 inning, 97 pitch relief appearance and say that his performance is getting overblown. But when I say that what Nate the great did last night was one of the most remarkable pitching displays I’ve ever seen, I mean it.
Everyone knows the story of Nate Eovaldi, about the two Tommy Johns and his elbow cleanup surgery which cost him two years of his career, but I don’t care about that right now.
Eovaldi came into the game in the Bottom of the 12th inning as Alex Cora’s last bullet. Sure, Drew Pomeranz was still in the bullpen but that guy wasn’t sniffing the field last night. He threw a 1-2-3 12th, striking out Justin Turner to end the frame. The next inning, after the Red Sox had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the 13th inning, Eovaldi had a chance to earn the save. Things were looking good with the slow moving Max Muncy on second base with two outs and Yasiel Puig up. Eovaldi induced what looked like a game ending ground out to Ian Kinsler, but Kinsler lost his footing and rushed his throw, spiking his throw wide of first basemen Christian Vasquez (?), allowing Muncy to score and tie the game.
From then on, Eovaldi was nails, going 5 more innings, giving up no runs until the bottom of the 18th, where Muncy led off with a home run to left center field to end the game.
Eovaldi pitched longer than the man who started the game for the Red Sox, Rick Porcello.
Porcello, like everyone else in the world, had high HIGH praise for hard throwing righty.
“I actually, after the game was over, started crying because he literally gave everything he had on every single pitch. It was special. It was a lot of fun to watch. It’s the epitome of reaching down deep, and I’m really proud of him.”
I feel you Pretty Ricky, I feel you.
Eovaldi gave one of the most laid back answers during his post game interview saying
“You just keep going out there until you come out on top”
If Dave Dombrowski doesn’t give Eovaldi the keys to the city when it’s time to resign him, I’ll be livid.
Game 4 is tonight at 8:00 EST, and I honestly would be the opposite of surprised if somehow he gets an inning of work tonight, guy is a certified warrior.
You didn’t lose the game, Nathan Eovaldi.
Ian Kinsler did.
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