Recap: Dodgers Drop Game One Despite Kemp’s Homerun

The Dodgers and Red Sox squared off for game one of the World Series Tuesday evening with Clayton Kershaw going up against Chris Sale. The game was not what was entirely expected as each of the aces got beat up early. They combined to give up eight earned runs and pitched only four innings apiece.

The offense got going early on both sides and never really slowed down. The Red Sox jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first on a couple of back-to-back hits. Mookie Betts singled to start the home half of the first and came around to score on a base hit by Andrew Benintendi after Betts had swiped second base. Benintendi scored when Martinez drilled a single into left two batters later.

Matt Kemp got the Dodgers on the board in the second inning with a solo home run. It was Kemp’s very first World Series at-bat in his 13-year career. Manny Machado tied the game in the third inning on a base hit to left after Justin Turner and David Freese each reached base.

J.D. Martinez got the Red Sox back up in an instant in the bottom of the third when he laced a double off of the wall in center.

The Dodgers came back with a run in the fifth when Manny Machado grounded out to bring in a run, but the Sox came right back again. They scored two in the fifth and that would essentially seal the game as the Dodgers’ offense could not break through.

The Bullpen

The Dodgers came into the series confident in how their bullpen matched up against Boston’s. Unfortunately, Los Angeles’ relievers allowed three runs to come across in the game. Alex Wood came on in relief of Pedro Baez and Julio Urias who had each allowed a runner to reach. Wood served up a three-run shot to Eduardo Nunez that essentially sealed the game.

Looking Ahead

The Dodgers will need to get it together in game two if they want a chance to take the series. Boston’s bats don’t look like they will be slowing down any time soon, and their pitching has the potential to dominate. Game two against David Price could prove to be the deciding factor in the World Series.


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  1. I am still livid over pulling Baez for Wood. Baez was throwing aspirin and was un-hittable from either side of the plate in my opinion. That was the turning point as I was confident we could score to at least tie the game and then go ahead. Doc changes pitchers way too often, which has been a problem consistently with his management style.

  2. I agree with Ron. Wood has given up three home runs in the postseason. He’s killing us, and Roberts said after the game, “I still like Alex in that situation.” Some of his moves are nothing short of stupid.