Rays’ Blake Snell stifles Dodgers before running out of gas

Rays’ Blake Snell stifles Dodgers before running out of gas

Blake Snell understood the task he was faced with in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night in Arlington, Texas.

He had seen the Dodgers attack Tyler Glasnow in Game 1 on Tuesday night and knew another victory by Los Angeles would have placed the Rays in a very uncomfortable position, as they attempt to win the first championship in their history.

Though Snell left the mound at Globe Life Field before qualifying for the win, the left-hander certainly contributed to a 6-4 victory the underdog Rays badly needed and which evened the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.

Snell held the muscular Dodgers lineup without a hit until Chris Taylor’s a two-run homer in the fifth. When Mookie Betts followed by walking and Corey Seager singled, Snell was replaced by Nick Anderson, who struck out Justin Turner with a 96-mph fastball to end the inning.

In 4 ²/₃ innings, Snell gave up two runs, two hits, walked four and struck out nine.

“I had a good game plan for these guys,’’ Snell said. “I wanted to attack them and make them start swinging. I thought what would be best at getting them out. For this team you have to be in the strike zone to get them to start swinging.’’

Blake Snell
Blake SnellAP

Snell walked Max Muncy leading off the second and then walked Cody Bellinger with one out, before retiring AJ Pollock on a foul out and striking out Kiké Hernandez.

Nothing Snell did in the third and fourth, when he retired all six batters, indicated trouble was lurking in the fifth.

The Rays will turn to veteran Charlie Morton in Game 3. The Dodgers are going with Walker Buehler.

Taylor initially believed that the pop he heard in his right ankle during Game 5 of the NLCS against the Braves was going to lead to bad news.

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