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World Series Game 4 Recap: Dodgers Break Tie With Five Runs In Ninth To Even Up Series

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What started out as a best-of-seven, is now a best-of-three.

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 last night in Game 4 of this year’s World Series to even it up at two games apiece.

Without further ado, let’s recap the game that was:

Alex Wood began the night for the Dodgers and pitched maybe the best game of his life. He had a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings, before George Springer came up with the bases empty in a scoreless game:

This ended Wood’s night after 84 pitches.

Wood’s outing was historic for the Dodgers, as he became the first pitcher in franchise history to carry a no-hit bid for at least five innings in a World Series game.

He also just became the third pitcher in World Series history to do this:

For the Astros, Charlie Morton started and didn’t disappoint. Entering his last four home starts (including Game 7 of ALCS), Morton was 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA. He pitched well again last night going the first 6 1/3 innings for Houston with seven strikeouts and no walks, but he didn’t receive a decision.

Morton was in line for the victory after getting pulled in the seventh with one out. Will Harris came on to relieve him, but Dodgers’ second baseman Logan Forsythe didn’t want to let his two-out at-bat go to waste trailing by one:

This closed the book on Morton, as he allowed just one earned run on three hits.

The effectiveness of both starting pitchers was historic:

Game 4 remained tied 1-1 heading into the top of the ninth. Astros closer Ken Giles came on to try and keep it that way, as well as turn his luck around- he entered last night with a postseason ERA of 8.22 in six outings.

His struggles continued last night.

Corey Seager hit the first pitch off Giles for a clean single to right, and then Justin Turner walked on five pitches. This brought up Cody Bellinger, who earlier in the game finally recorded his first World Series hit. Well, his hit in the ninth was even bigger:

That hit chased Giles from the game. He was charged with three earned runs, and his postseason ERA jumped to 11.74. YIKES.

Joe Musgrove came on to relieve Giles. LA got their third run on a sacrifice fly by Austin Barnes, and then Joc Pederson stepped up with two outs and two on, looking to break it WIDE open:

This was Pederson’s second homer of the World Series. It’s worth mentioning- he had a total of ZERO home runs in August and September combined. Because baseball!

Kenley Jansen came on to shut it down for the Dodgers, and allowed a two-out solo homer to Alex Bregman. Didn’t matter, as LA won 6-2 thanks to a five-run ninth inning.

The solo shots by Springer and Bregman were Houston’s only two hits.

Tony Watson was the winning pitcher for the Dodgers, tossing a scoreless eighth; Giles the loser for Houston as he fell to 0-2 in the postseason.

Bellinger’s heroic double in the ninth inning put him in pretty elite Dodger company:

Just a night after striking out four times. It’s all about how you bounce back, man.

Game 5 is tonight! The pitching matchup will be a rematch of Game 1- Clayton Kershaw for LA vs Dallas Keuchel for Houston!

Needless to say, Kershaw couldn’t WAIT to take the mound after last night’s victory:

Huge one coming up! Game 5 starts at 8 PM ET, and we’ll have full coverage for you at @HomeRunDaily! See you then!

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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