It was bound to happen at some point in this World Series; Dodgers’ lefty-specialist Adam Kolarek was deployed late in Game 4 Saturday night to take on the potent bat of Rays’ star Brandon Lowe.
The eighth-inning match-up was Kolarek’s first appearance of the series, and it was the first time in history that two former Maryland Terrapins faced each other in the World Series.
With the Dodgers holding a 7-6 lead in the eighth, Lowe came up to bat against his fellow Terp after previously crushing a go-ahead home run in his last at-bat to give the Rays their temporary 5-4 lead in the sixth inning. This time, Lowe had another opportunity to put the Rays ahead as Kolarek had walked Ji-Man Choi just two batters prior to Lowe.
However, Kolarek won the first of potentially a few battles between the two Maryland alumni as he struck out Lowe swinging, neutralizing a huge threat to LA’s late lead.
TERP VS. TERP IN THE WORLD SERIES 🐢
— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) October 25, 2020
With the Rays pulling off one of the wildest walk-off victories in recent World Series memory — evening the series at 2-2 — it appears that more Kolarek-Lowe matchups could be likely in the remainder of this year’s Fall Classic.