HoustonPress: Game Four of the World Series featured a no-hitter into the sixth inning. It featured the Astros taking the lead 1-0 lead and breaking up the no-no on a massive George Springer home run. Yet as feared, this game came down to the bullpen, and the Astros relievers were lacking. The game was tied 1-1 going to the ninth inning only to have Astros closer Ken Giles blow a save again as the Dodgers scored five runs to take the 6-1 lead. The Astros struck back in the bottom of the ninth when Alex Bregman hit a home run (only the second Astros hit of the game) to make the final score 6-2.
JOC PEDERSON: The Dodgers had two men on with two men out in the top of the ninth inning. Los Angeles was clinging to a 3-1 lead thanks to another Ken Giles meltdown, but if the Astros could get one more out, there was still a chance, with George Springer and Alex Bregman set to bat, that the Astros could comeback and win. Instead, Pederson unloaded on a pitch from Joe Musgrove and deposited it into the seats to give the Dodgers the 6-1 lead and to effectively end the game.
CODY BELLINGER: Bellinger was hitless for the World Series until Saturday night. He doubled in the seventh inning for his first hit, then scored on a Logan Forsythe single that tied the game. His ninth inning double scored Corey Seager, giving the Dodgers the 2-1 lead, then he came in to score on Pederson’s home run.
GEORGE SPRINGER: It was tight, tense, scoreless pitching duel in the bottom of the sixth inning. Springer came to the plate with two outs and Dodger starter Alex Wood pitching a no-hitter. Springer ended that no-hitter in the most George Springer way possible, slamming a no-doubt-about-it home run to left field to give the Astros the lead and to drive Wood from the game. Springer also became the first player in MLB World Series history to break up a no-hitter with a home run in the sixth inning or later.
ALEX WOOD/CHARLIE MORTON: The latest Ken Giles meltdown should not subtract from either starting pitcher. Wood was pitching a no-hitter into the sixth inning before surrendering the home run to Springer. Wood left the game after 5 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on one hit while striking out three Astros. Morton nearly matched Wood. He went 6 1/3 innings, giving up just three hits and surrendering one run while striking out seven Dodgers.
KEN GILES: Giles blew the save in Game Two of the World Series. He had allowed at least one run in five of his six playoff outings. Yet for some reason he was brought in to the pitch in the top of the ninth inning with the score tied 1-1. Giles faced three batters. He got none of them out. They all scored.