Thursday’s MLB: Dodgers trying to hit reset on Series
Boston — Fenway Park gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the cold shoulder.
No wonder they were California Dreamin’ about Thursday’s flight home.
“I think all the players are happy about going back to LA, but obviously we have some games to win,” pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu said through a translator after Wednesday night’s 4-2 loss to Boston dropped the Dodgers into a 2-0 World Series hole.
“I think all the other players will be able to focus more and try to come back from this deficit.”
Fenway Park, at 106 the oldest big league ballpark, is crammed onto 9 acres in downtown Boston, the 37-foot-high Green Monster in left field a target for hitters and a terror for pitchers.
Dodger Stadium, a modern ballpark when opened in 1962 but now the third-oldest, sits atop 300 acres of land in Chavez Ravine near downtown Los Angeles, surrounded by tiered parking lots with palm trees beyond the fences and the San Gabriel Mountains shimmering in the distance.
While Fenway is urban tumult, Dodger Stadium symbolizes the sunny Californian way of life.
But expect a pumped-up crowd for Game 3 tonight, especially after Vin Scully’s recorded call of “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!”
“It’s going to be warmer, and hopefully our bats get hot, too,” Cody Bellinger said .
Used to the balmy breezes at home and usually hospitable weather in the NL West, Los Angeles hadn’t started a game this year in a temperature below 58. Facing a 53-degree chill at the beginning of the opener, the Dodgers lost 8-4. It was just 46 in the first inning for Game 2, and the Dodgers’ bats were cold again — their last 16 hitters retired in order.
“This is the first time we’ve played in obviously weather like this — San Francisco a little bit, but nothing like this,” manager Dave Roberts said before the game.
“So it’s an adjustment, and that’s part of the home-field advantage and especially being in the bullpen, where you have a little heater, but still have to kind of get hot and stay hot. It’s more of a challenge.”
No team has overcome a 2-0 Series deficit since 1996, when the Yankees lost twice at home to Atlanta before sweeping three games on the road and winning Game 6 in New York .
Blue Jays hire Montoyo
Charlie Montoyo, a bench coach for the Rays this season, was hired as manager of the Blue Jays on Thursday.
He succeeds John Gibbons, who was let go after the team finished 73-89.
Montoyo, 53, has a three-year contract with a club option for 2022.
Twins pick youngest manager
The Twins hired Rays assistant coach Rocco Baldelli as their new manager Thursday.
The 37-year-old Baldelli, who replaces Paul Molitor, will be the youngest manager in the major leagues, the first skipper ever born in the 1980s.
LOS ANGELES VS. BOSTON
Boston leads series 2-0
All Games on FOX
■ Game 1: Boston 8, Los Angeles 4
■ Game 2: Boston 4, Los Angeles 2
■ Friday: at Los Angeles, 8:09
■ Saturday: at Los Angeles, 8:09
■ x-Sunday: at Los Angeles, 8:15
■ x-Tuesday: at Boston, 8:09
■ x-Wednesday: at Boston, 8:09