After winning World Series Game 1 by a wide margin on Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to take control of the 2020 Covidball Classic with a Game 2 victory. The Tampa Bay Rays sent their #1 starting pitcher, 2018 Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell, to the mound to shut down the Dodgers offense in hopes of evening up the series.
Series tied 1-1
“Snellzilla” was locked in for most of his 4.2 innings of work, posting 9 strikeouts, but was pulled after four consecutive Dodgers batters reached base with two outs in the 5th inning. Chris Taylor homered during this rally to get LA on the board. Anderson entered the game and struck out Justin Turner to end the scoring threat.
The Rays struck first with Brandon Lowe‘s solo homer in the 1st inning and brought two more runners home in the 4th on Joey Wendle‘s gapper. In the 5th inning, Lowe went oppo again with a liner over the left field wall to give the Rays a five-run lead.
The Dodgers would chip away beginning in the 5th inning. All of their offense came on home runs, beginning with Taylor’s two-run bomb against Snell in the 5th inning. Will Smith and Corey Seager also homered for LA.
Despite the homer barrage, Tampa’s bullpen was able to hold on to the lead. Aaron Loup and Castillo allowed no runs over the final four outs to maintain the Rays’ advantage.
With the series tied at one game apiece, the teams will get a day off before battling for a series lead in Game 3 at 8:08 PM ET on Friday (Fox/Rogers SportsNet). Walker Buehler (Postseason: 1-0, 1.89 ERA) heads to the mound for LA. He will face Charlie Morton (Postseason: 3-0, 0.57 ERA).