Between the regular season and postseason, Yu Darvish had taken a major league mound 135 times. Until tonight’s Game 3 of the World Series, in the biggest start of his career, the Dodgers' right-hander had never failed to finish two innings.
The Astros forced him out with two out in the second inning, after scoring four runs while two more men were on base. The Dodgers will now have to cover at least 6 1/3 innings of relief tonight and several more tomorrow.
Over the last month, Game 4 starter Alex Wood has pitched only once, a 4 2/3-inning start in the National League Championship Series. After Saturday's Game 4, another game looms Sunday, but the Dodgers will have ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound then.
As the Astros rushed onto the field after the final out, Eric Beltran, 33, stood in stunned silence, staring straight ahead from the loge section at Dodger Stadium, where he’d bought standing-room-only tickets.
“It’s depressing to watch the other team celebrate on your own field,” he said. He thought the Dodgers would at least have “some fight” in them.
“It wasn’t even exciting for us,” he said of the game.
Inside El Tejano, a Tex-Mex restaurant in North Hollywood, more than two dozen Astros fans gathered to watch and cheer for their team.
Surrounded by a sea of Dodger blue, the group occasionally cheered and clapped as they watched their team take the lead in the do-or-die game. They celebrated each time their team prevented the Dodgers from scoring or for one of their favorite players, but they made sure they didn't celebrate too much.
"We know we're in enemy territory," said Ian Willoughby, 36.