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.
Neither Clayton Kershaw nor Chris Sale could record an out in the fifth inning of this game.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) October 24, 2018
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 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.
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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