Cora, Red Sox in trouble after running through pitchers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Now Alex Coras in trouble.
His moves almost worked, but second baseman Ian Kinsler slipped on the infield and made a throwing error that allowed the tying run to score in the 13th inning.
Los Angeles went on to win 3-2 in a World Series-record 18 innings, cutting the Red Sox advantage to 2-1.
Now Cora faces a short pitching staff for the rest of the weekend. All those brash moves now seem rash.
Boston tied a World Series record by using 23 players and nine pitchers.
Eovaldi, Coras Game 4 starter, entered in the 12th inning. Cora had envisioned possibly using Eovaldi in the eighth inning as a bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel.
“You never know, a walk, a hit and a tie game, but its a chance were taking,” Cora said.
Eovaldi threw 97 of Bostons 283 pitches over six-plus innings. It was his third appearance in four days after appearing on back-to-back days for the first time in his big league career.
Price went just 13 pitches in getting the first two outs of the ninth before Kimbrel came in.
Now Coras choices for Game 4 on Saturday night are Game 1 starter Chris Sale on three days rest; Eduardo Rodriguez, who followed starter Rick Porcello and threw just six pitches in striking out Joc Pederson for the final out of the sixth; or Drew Pomeranz, who hasnt pitched since the regular-season finale Sept. 30 and last started on Aug. 7.