World Series Recap
by: Jordan Goldmann
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox face off at arguably one of the toughest ballparks to play at. The Dodgers coming off of a Game 7 win to move on against the Brewers and the Red Sox beating the defending World Series champs in 5 games. Clayton Kershaw would start game 1 for the Dodgers and put up 5 earned runs in 4 innings pitched. Kershaw has had a reputation for not playing well in playoff games through his career. Chris Sale came off of a stomach flu and had obvious decrease in velocity. He threw 3 innings with 3 earned runs. This wasn't the best day for pitchers but a great one for hitters. The Red Sox hit extremely well with 8 runs and Eduardo Nunez with a 3 run homer in the 7th to open the lead over the Dodgers. The final score was 8-4 Red Sox.
Although David Price has had his bad moments pitching in the playoffs, Price threw a great game that helped the Red Sox hitters score some runs. Price went 6 innings with 2 earned runs and 3 hits and held down the all right handed lineup from the dodgers. The Dodgers pitcher, Hyun Jin Ryu, didn’t perform to his best, posting 4.2 innings pitched and 4 earned runs. Mookie Betts had 3 hits on the night and 1 RBI to help the Red Sox come out on top. It wasn’t a great night for the Dodgers hitters as they posted 3 hits as a team and 2 runs scored. Arguably the top Dodgers pitchers in the starting rotation did not perform to the Dodgers expectations in this game.
It was an eventful night, at Dodger Stadium, for both teams as they played a record 18 innings in the longest game ever playing in World Series history. It was a pitching duel of the ages as Walker Buehler for the Dodgers pitched 7 shutout innings with two hits but the Dodgers couldn't help him out as the Red Sox tied the game in the 8th. This game showed the great significance of both teams pitching staff. Coming out of the bullpen, Nathan Eovaldi pitched an amazing 6 innings but unfortunately gave up the winning run in the 18th inning, as Max Muncy hit a walkoff homer to end the game.
With the Red Sox winning in the series 2-1, the Dodgers have a chance to even the series. The Red Sox hitting is just to tough for the Dodgers to stop as Mitch Moreland hit a three run homer in the 7th and Steve Pearce hit a homer in the 8th. These bats are crucial for the Red Sox and would eventually seal the deal for the Red Sox and end game 4 with a win. The Dodgers struggle pitching wise to compete against a great hitting Red Sox offense.
The Dodgers fight to stay in the series with a 3-1 deficit to the Red Sox. The number one starters from each team faced off to battle it out. David Price for the Red Sox and Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers. What in the world is baseball??? David Price started off the game letting up a homer to David Freese, but then quickly settled in and pitched 6 shutout innings after that. Clayton Kershaw would give up 4 runs and eventually take the loss for the Dodgers. Steve pearce would get 3 RBI’s on the night and eventually get the World Series MVP.