Fortunately for Los Angelenos, the Dodgers stayed alive with a World Series Game 6 victory.
Several hours later, McCullers learned he will be on the mound for the biggest game in Astros history.
The Montreal native and former Blue Jays general manager had just seen his new team defeat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night forcing Wednesdays ultimate conclusion to the 113th World Series.
Here's the good news for the Dodgers: Every pitcher on the roster - save for Hill - will be available in Game 7. I didnt think Id get a chance to say those words..
Verlander prevented more damag e when Turner fouled out and the right-hander fanned Bellinger, who struck out four times for the second time in the Series. We have a lot of complete players on this team. So I have to go out there and just execute my game plan.
"I told him, 'Hey, you don't have to do that, because you made a comment, and like, I'm not that mad, '" Darvish said Tuesday through an interpreter. "They're all going to be ready to pitch". They'll do their throwing program.
KELLY: I gather one factor tonight is going to be relief pitchers who are exhausted. While speaking with teammates, the Cuban made a blatantly racist gesture and used an offensive Spanish term to refer to Los Angeles starter Yu Darvish, who is Japanese. And I dont want to hear myself talk or think (on Wednesday night).
All you fans who hated the rule that linked the All-Star Game to home-field advantage in the World Series, guess what?
If the Astros win: In its 56th year with a major league team, Houston will have its first World Series championship. And there's more than one way to win a game.
"I learned I wasn't very sharp", McCullers said of Game 3. You know, and this has to give the Astros an extra layer of relaxation. With his famed slider doing nearly nothing, he couldn't get through the second inning of Game 3, giving up six hits and four runs while getting only five outs.
Darvish was chased in the second inning of Game 2, when McCullers pitched Houston to a 5-3 victory. The southpaw tossed four innings in his NLDS start and five in his NLCS appearance.
When the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and the Indians came to an end, we figured it could be a long time before baseball approached the kind of viewership those games had drawn. Not using Gregerson more in this series has been a mistake by manager A.J. Hinch. "I wouldn't say it was the worst outing I ever had". "But to me I wasn't that frustrated at that point when I saw it the first time".
Of course, all this is subject to change in Game 7; whoever is the hero may take the whole Series for his team, and earn MVP plaudits based on one shining moment, regardless of previous playing time.