The Latest: 7-year-old throws out first pitch for Game 4
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Game 4 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros (all times local):
Seven-year-old Hailey Dawson, who was born without three fingers on her right hand, threw out the ceremonial first pitch with a 3-D printed prosthetic hand.
Dawson’s prosthesis was gold and had the words “World Series” on it. She tossed the ball to Astros star Jose Altuve, who hugged her before signing the hand.
Earlier on Saturday, Houston ace Justin Verlander gifted the little girl, who is from Las Vegas, with custom-made cleats that said “Vegas Strong.”
Dawson, whose goal is to throw out a pitch at every major league ballpark, started by tossing out one at Nationals Park in June.
Both starting pitchers in Game 4 have faced the minimum number of batters through two innings, even while allowing runners.
Dodgers starter Alex Wood issued a leadoff walk to Carlos Correa to start the bottom of the second. But Correa was erased when Yuli Gurriel grounded into a double play. Los Angeles second baseman Logan Forsythe then made a nifty sliding stop toward the middle of the infield, getting up to throw out Josh Reddick for the inning-ending out.
Houston right-hander Charlie Morton pitched a 1-2-3 second.
The only Dodgers player to reach was Corey Seager with a one-out single in the first, but he was then caught trying to steal second base.
Game 4 of the World Series is scoreless after the first inning.
The Dodgers held a team huddle in the dugout shortly before the first pitch. They trail 2-1 in the Series and were hoping to break loose against Houston starter Charlie Morton.
Chris Taylor led off the game with a sharp single, but was later caught trying to steal. It was the first time Houston catcher Brian McCann had thrown out a would-be base stealer since mid-June 18.
Los Angeles left-hander Alex Wood breezed through the first. The Astros contended that leadoff man George Springer was hit by a pitch, but lost their challenge.
Dodgers rookie first baseman Cody Bellinger entered Saturday 0 for 11 with seven strikeouts in the World Series.
Bellinger went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in Game 3, prompting manager Dave Roberts to say “it’s just trying to get Cody to slow down a little bit. I think he’s been a little too quick.”
Roberts said Saturday the coaching staff had spoken with Bellinger, who set an NL rookie record with 39 home runs.
“They’ve got a plan together, and part of it is having a plan and also executing it,” he said. “I talked to Cody a little bit and saw the boyish smile, didn’t want to get too deep in things, because he’s a few games removed from the CS, which he swung the bat very well. So to put so much weight into a couple of games of not swinging the bat well I think is unfair.”
Bellinger hit .318 (7 for 22) with a home run and two RBIs in the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.
Houston’s 5-3 win in Game 3 of the World Series was seen by 16,163,000 viewers on Fox’s three outlets, down 17 percent from the 19,386,000 who viewed Cleveland’s 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the third game last year.
Fox said Friday’s game was seen by an average of 15,658,000 on its main Fox network and 386,000 on Fox Deportes. In addition, an average of 124,500 streamed the game on Fox Sports Go.
The game was up 22 percent from 13,205,000 from the New York Mets’ 9-3 win over Kansas City in Game 3 in 2015 and up 33 percent from 12,133,000 for Kansas City’s 3-2 victory over San Francisco in 2014.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are staying with the same batting orders for Game 4 of the World Series.
Center fielder Chris Taylor leads off Saturday night for the Dodgers, followed by shortstop Corey Seager, third baseman Justin Turner, first baseman Cody Bellinger, right fielder Yasiel Puig, second baseman Logan Forsythe, catcher Austin Barnes, designated hitter Joc Pederson and left fielder Enrique Hernandez. Left-hander Alex Wood pitches.
Center fielder George Springer tops the Astros’ order, followed by third baseman Alex Bregman, second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, first baseman Yuli Gurriel, right fielder Josh Reddick, designated hitter Evan Gattis, left fielder Marwin Gonzalez and catcher Brian McCann. Right-hander Charlie Morton is on the mound.
Los Angeles won the opener 3-1, Houston rallied to win Game 2 7-6 in 11 innings and the Astros won Game 3 by a 5-3 score for a 2-1 Series lead.
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