Bullpen Crumbles As Dodgers Lose Game 4

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The Dodgers’ bullpen crumbled in historic fashion last night as the Dodgers blew a four-run lead and lost 9-6 in game four of the World Series. Looking at the score, you would never know that Rich Hill pitched a one-hitter or that Yasiel Puig hit a three-run home run. Instead, this is what you see looking at the score from last night’s game:

The Red Sox gifted the Dodgers with four runs in the sixth inning when Cody Bellinger hit a should-have-been inning-ending double-play. Instead, it turned into a forceout and a run-scoring error. From there, Puig hit his three-run home run.

Dave Roberts’ managing has come into question this postseason and those questions surfaced again. Rich Hill was throwing a one-hit shutout when Roberts pulled after 6.1 innings. Hill had only thrown 91 pitches, so he had plenty left in the tank. With a lefty coming up, Roberts pulled Hill (a lefty) and replaced him with another lefty. When Hill’s replacement walked a batter, Roberts decided to bring in Ryan Madson.

Madson has no business ever pitching in another World Series game. In the first two games, he let five inherited runners score. But for some reason, Roberts thought that it was a good idea to bring him in. True to form, Madson gave up a three-run homer to Mitch Moreland.

Things got worse in the eighth. Kenley Jansen came in to try for a six-out save. But he gave up a home run to Steve Pearce to tie the game.

In the ninth, everything went wrong. Brock Holt hit a one-out double and scored on a Rafael Devers RBI single. After recording another out, the Dodgers intentionally walked Mookie Betts. After a pitching change, Andrew Benintendi legged out an infield single to load the bases. Steve Pearce then hit a bases-clearing double. This put the game securely in the hands of the Red Sox.

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