HOUSTON — Yasiel Puig wants Los Angeles Dodgers fans holding tickets for a potential World Series Game 7 on Wednesday not to worry: You won't need a refund.
The Dodgers were pushed to the brink of elimination Sunday night by the Houston Astros, who survived five hours of haymakers from the Dodgers to record a 13-12, 10-inning win. The Astros seized a 3-2 Series lead.
And in Tuesday's Game 6 they will hand the ball to Justin Verlander, the likely Hall of Famer who has not lost a game in an Astros uniform.
No matter. Puig guarantees the Dodgers will live on.
"My team is not going to be finished on Tuesday. There’s going to be Game 7," Puig said, perhaps emboldened by his two-run homer that fueled a three-run ninth inning rally that forced extra innings.
"I want to say thank you to the fans, support my teammates Tuesday — and this is not going to be finished in Game 6."
The Dodgers clubhouse wasn't exactly a funeral parlor, despite facing the daunting assignment of beating Verlander to stay alive. This is a team that faced a 1-16 stretch in August and September, and has staved off elimination on multiple occasions in their five-year reign atop the NL West.
"They’re celebrating right now, (up) 3-2? Guess what? They still have to beat us one more time," said closer and losing pitcher Kenley Jansen. "This is it. We just can’t, can’t, can’t, can’t hang our heads.
"It is frustrating. It is tough. But what can you do? I’m already moving forward from this. I’m already ready for them Tuesday. They have to beat all 25 of us to win it."
Only Puig, however, would go so far as to guarantee victory. The Cuban slugger's delivery certainly differed in style from the poolside guarantee of one Joe Namath guaranteeing a New York Jets win in Super Bowl III.
But his irrepressible nature certainly channeled Broadway Joe.
"It’s 3-2, but going back home tonight. Happy flight," he said. "My team lose, bro, but you know, you can’t be sad about that because you have two more games to win. You have one game left. I see you Tuesday.
"Verlander is coming. He’s seen us already. Everybody’s going to be ready for Verlander Tuesday night. It’s going to be a tight game. And Wednesday — it's already history."
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