July 27, 2021

The Rays pulled Blake Snell early in Game 6 and they’re getting blasted for it

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell was shutting down the Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense through the first five innings of Game 6 of the 2020 World Series. Snell had allowed just one hit and zero runs, which was enough for the Rays to get out to a 1-0 lead in the must-win elimination game.

Snell got the first out of the sixth inning when A.J. Pollack popped out to second. Austin Barnes was up next in the LA order, and he singled to centerfield. That’s when Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash made a decision that will be second-guessed for the rest of his career: he took Snell out of the game.

As reliever Nick Anderson replaced Snell on the mound, the Dodgers’ next batter Mookie Betts smoked a double to left field. That hit didn’t score Barnes — but a wild pitch by Anderson during the next at-bat did. Betts crossed the plate on a brilliant bit of base-running on fielder’s choice from Corey Seager, and suddenly the Dodgers had taken the lead.

Los Angeles would go on to win the game and the series with a 3-1 victory in Game 6. It’s the Dodgers’ first World Series championship since 1988. Follow True Blue LA for complete coverage.

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