After the Red Sox lost the longest postseason game in major-league history on Friday, Kinsler took full responsibility for helping breathe life into the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won the contest in the 18th inning thanks to a walk-off home run from Max Muncy.
“There’s nothing they can say in that room to make me feel better,” Kinsler said after Boston’s 3-2 loss, according to Nicole Yang of Boston.com.
Kinsler’s reason for being upset came courtesy of an error he made in the 13th inning. With his team ahead 2-1 with two outs, he had an opportunity to end the game after fielding Yasiel Puig’s grounder up the middle. Kinsler rushed the play and threw the ball wide, allowing Muncy to score the game-tying run.
CAN'T PREDICT BASEBALL. pic.twitter.com/DlbW3xQipu
— MLB (@MLB) October 27, 2018
During his post-game comments, Kinsler offered an apology to teammate Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi wound up taking the loss in Game 3 despite throwing six solid innings of relief for the Red Sox.
To Ian Kinsler… pic.twitter.com/5LgNtTSdW2
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) October 27, 2018
It was a rough night for the 36-year-old Kinsler
If the Sox somehow win tonight then Eovaldi has to be the WS MVP favorite. Finishing last: Ian Kinsler.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 27, 2018
If I look tired and miserable today, I’d like everybody to know I 100% blame Ian Kinsler. #WorldSeries
— Kayce Smith (@KayceSmith) October 27, 2018
Not a good night for Ian Kinsler. Thrown out at home in the 10th and then his error in the 13th ties the game at 2.
Boston bettors be like pic.twitter.com/f9eM70Tg0r
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) October 27, 2018
Ian Kinsler might need to enter witness protection after this game. pic.twitter.com/zn3dEJpfBt
— BASEBALL VAULT™ (@BSBVAULT) October 27, 2018
Ian Kinsler has-
•Almost got picked off first
•Overran and almost got tagged out at 3rd
•Been thrown out at home to take the lead
•And now done this… all tonight with a chance at a 3-0 lead on the line😬 #WorldSeries18 #DoDamge #dodgers #LADodgers pic.twitter.com/mc01rhXwlj
— Second Deck Sports (@2nddecksports) October 27, 2018