How Weird Was Game 3 of the World Series? Let’s Take a Look

How Weird Was Game 3 of the World Series? Let’s Take a Look

LOS ANGELES — Game 3 of the World Series, an exhausting 3-2, 18-inning win by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Boston Red Sox, was one of the zaniest games in World Series history. Here are some statistics related to Friday’s game that stand out.

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FRIDAY, 5:10 P.M. PACIFIC The time of the first pitch.

18 innings, which tied the record for most innings in a postseason game.

1 The Dodgers became the first World Series team to win after trailing in the 11th inning or later.

7 HOURS 20 MINUTES The game’s length made it the longest postseason game in major league history.

6 HOURS 23 MINUTES The previous longest postseason game was Game 2 of a 2014 National League division series between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants.

7 HOURS 5 MINUTES The total playing time of the 1939 World Series, a four-game sweep by the Yankees over the Cincinnati Reds.

46 players used, out of 50, a World Series record.

18 pitchers used (nine by each team), a postseason record.

4 players not used: Boston’s Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale, and Los Angeles’s Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

4½ The number of innings the Dodgers held a lead at some point in the game before Max Muncy’s game-ending home run in the 18th inning.

561 pitches thrown in the game.

296 The average number of pitches thrown in a 2018 regular-season game.

7 scoreless innings by Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler.

61 pitches thrown by Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello.

97 pitches thrown by Red Sox relief pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, a World Series record for a reliever.

131 plate appearances.

21 runners left on base.

74 Dodgers’ plate appearances without an extra-base hit until Joc Pederson’s third-inning home run.

2 errors, one by Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler and another by Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Alexander, both in the 13th inning, both allowing a run.

6 position switches in the outfield by Boston’s Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

18 combined hits.

34 combined strikeouts, tying a postseason record.

0 FOR 28 What Boston’s Nos. 1 to 4 hitters did in Game 3 after those hitters led the major leagues in batting average, on-base plus slugging percentage and runs batted in during the regular season, according to Stats.com. It’s the first time in baseball history, regular or postseason, that a team’s 1 to 4 hitters have gone 0 for 28 or worse, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

0 FOR 8 Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts’s line.

1973 The last time an outfielder (Oakland’s Joe Rudi in Game 2 that year) threw out a runner at home in extra innings of a World Series game until Cody Bellinger’s 10th-inning throw prevented Ian Kinsler from scoring.

1975 The last time a Red Sox player (Bernie Carbo in Game 6 that year) smashed a game-tying home run in the eighth inning or later of a World Series game until Jackie Bradley Jr.’s eighth-inning blast.

1 Walk-off home runs in Max Muncy’s major league career. His game-ending home run in Game 3 was the first one by a Dodger in the World Series since Kirk Gibson’s blast in 1988.

SATURDAY, 12:30 A.M. PACIFIC The time of the final out.

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