Turner also made a great game on third base, walking to his left to take a sharp bouncer from Mike Zunino’s backhand to start a double game and wipe out the only base runner the Rays had in the first four and one third innings .
While Bühler remained trapped in a groove, the Dodgers also showed that while the trend in baseball has deviated from the small-ball tactics of years past, it has not been entirely abandoned. In recent years, baseball has become increasingly reliant on home runs and large innings, with techniques such as stolen bases and sacrificial bunts being thrown into the strategic garbage heap.
But the Dodgers both showed largely abandoned tactics on Friday, with Betts stealing a couple of bases and Barnes performing a perfect security squeeze bunt.
In the upper part of the fourth field, Cody Bellinger led the inning with a single field to the right. Morton knocked out Chris Taylor, but Joc Pederson tore a line across the outstretched glove of Ji-Man Choi, the Rays athletic first baseman, for a single. With the first and third runners, Pederson pretended to steal the second, which temporarily froze Lowe, the Rays’ second baseman.
On the field, Barnes patted the first baseline gently. Bellinger ran home on contact and Choi’s only game was to throw the ball at Lowe, who covered first base, to oust Barnes. In addition to scoring a run, the victim put Pederson on second base, and he scored on a single from Betts.
Of course, Barnes is also capable of playing the more modern game: he hit a sixth-place home run that was an exclamation point for a emphatic Dodgers win.
One of the few bright spots for the Rays was that Randy Arozarena, who had gone 6-1 in the first two games of the series, completed a home run in the ninth inning ahead of Kenley Jansen. It was his eighth home run of the postseason that linked him with Barry Bonds, Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz. It was also his 23rd postseason hit, breaking a postseason record for newbies that he shared with Derek Jeter, who had 22 in the 1996 postseason.