Whicker: Dodgers follow Yu Darvish into Game 3 oblivion
By Mark Whicker
HOUSTON — The collaborative nature of the Dodgers held up Friday night, even in freefall.
One system after another failed during their 5-3 loss to Houston in Game 3 of the World Series. Now they trail in a series for the first time in this postseason.
“If we play normal Dodger baseball we win that game,” Cody Bellinger said. “It was still close even though we played a not-great game. So that’s a positive.”
Yu Darvish put forth a non-competitive effort. Yasiel Puig came up with a unique way to extinguish a rally. A bases-loaded, no-out situation brought forth no hits and only one run. Defense broke down as well, and Cody Bellinger, whose power put the Dodgers’ offense into an unexpected orbit almost from the moment he came up in April, saw his postseason troubles deepen.
There are those who have been waiting for Darvish to fail with the pressure on, but it had not happened yet. He started the NL Division Series clincher at Arizona and he started Game 3 in Chicago, with the Dodgers going for a 3-0 NLCS lead, and he won both games and allowed a .195 batting average.