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Whicker: Bullpen roulette backfires on Dodgers in bizarre Game 5 loss

By in Press Enterprise on October 30, 2017

By Mark Whicker

HOUSTON — You can forget a lot of things in 5 hours and 17 minutes.

Dave Roberts, the Dodgers manager, said Brandon Morrow would not work his fifth consecutive game of this World Series.

A.J. Hinch, the Astros manager, said Ken Giles, his wounded closer, would probably not get the baseball in a game-winning situation and, ideally, not at all.

Hinch remembered. Roberts didn’t.

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The rest of Game 5 went on, with the lusty swings that made baseballs sound like backfiring cars in the night, the insistent comebacks, and the morose walks to the dugout by whatever pitcher had just been punished.

For all the home runs, it ended on a nice conventional single in the 10th by Alex Bregman off Kenley Jansen, and pinch-runner Derek Fisher scored, just an inning after his former University of Virginia teammate Chris Taylor had tied the score for the Dodgers with a two-out, two-strike hit.

Carlos Correa jumped over a dugout rail and became a coach, waving Fisher home, then begging him to slide. Very few of the 43,300 had left Minute Maid Park. They took the party into the new bars and restaurants of a resurgent downtown, having […]    

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