Dodgers Take Game 4 to Even the Series

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 28: Alex Wood /

The Dodgers evened the series at 2 games apiece after a stellar performance by Alex Wood. Wood came through for the Dodgers after Yu Darvish let them down.

The game was your prototypical pitches duel with Alex Wood and Charlie Morton matching inning for inning. In the biggest start of Wood’s career, Alex stepped up for the Dodgers bigger than anyone could have expected.

Alex Wood pitches 5 ⅔ innings while allowing only one earned run on a solo shot to George Springer in 6th. Wood had a no-hitter up until the 6th and was the first Dodger to have a no-hitter through 5 in the World Series.

Wood was tremendous. He kept the ball down and mixed his pitches throughout the game. He stepped up when the Dodgers needed him to after a lackluster performance by Yu Darvish in game 3. Wood was fantastic like he had been all season.

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The offense was stagnant for the greater part of the game. Charlie Morton pitches a great game, throwing 6 ⅓ innings and only allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run.

But the offense got going late against the Astros bullpen. Logan Forsythe continued his great postseason and had a 2-out RBI single to score Cody Bellinger to break the 1-1 tie.

The Dodgers broke open the piñata against the Astros closer Ken Giles in the 9th for a little more insurance runs. Bellinger got his second hit of the game and second hit of the World Series and drove in Corey Seager to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. Barnes continued the offensive attack after a Forsythe walk with a sacrifice fly. But the knockout blow was by Joc Pederson when he turned on a fastball and uncorked a 3-run home run to give the Dodgers a 6-1 lead.

The story of the night was Alex Wood. In the time that the Dodgers needed him the most, he stepped up. The Dodgers bullpen was depleted after Yu Darvish’s start last night and not only did Wood pitch deep in the game, he pitched well.

Cody Bellinger got his first hits of the World Series. Up until this game, Bellinger has been quiet this postseason. Tonight he broke out of that slump with two huge hits to help the offense produce runs. Bellinger looks like he shortened up his swing and is focusing more on putting the ball in play rather than hitting home runs with two strikes.

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Tomorrow is the final game at Houston. It will be a rematch of game 1. Dallas Keuchel vs. Clayton Kershaw #AceOff. We got to feel good every time Kershaw is on the mound, and this will be a big factor on how the series turns out. We’ll see how tomorrow plays out, but at least the Dodgers guarantee themselves another home game. #ThisTeam