Two of the most historic, storied franchises in MLB, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t faced each other in a World Series since 1916, before the whole “Curse of the Bambino,” ever existed. That changed on a cold rainy Tuesday night when the Red Sox hosted the Dodgers at Fenway Park for game one of the 2018 World Series. The Red Sox went on to win game one 8-4 against starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who continued his career trend of struggling in the postseason.
Already with a 1-0 series lead, the Red Sox sent out veteran lefty David Price, while the Dodgers opposed him with sending out their own lefty Hyun-jin Ryu. Price looking to continue off his last start, where he shut down the Houston Astros offense in game five of the ALCS sending the Red Sox to the World Series, after struggling throughout his career in the postseason.
On a cold, chilly, brisk night both teams were looking to win an important game two. The Dodgers not entirely facing a must win game, needed to win a game two if they had any hopes of taking home field advantage with games three, four, and five in L.A., while the Red Sox were looking to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.
Both pitchers came out strong, both pitching a scoreless first inning. Price continued his dominance in the second inning striking out both left fielder Chris Taylor and designated hitter Matt Kemp and then getting center fielder Enrique Hernandez to fly out to center.
The Red Sox struck first in the bottom of the second against Ryu. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts reached second base courtesy of a line drive double off the Green Monster, second baseman Ian Kinsler delivered a two out rbi single, scoring Bogarts from second, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead. Ryu would’ve faced more damage if it weren’t for help from his left fielder Taylor who threw out Kinsler going to third on a single of the bat of center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. ending the inning.
The game remained scoreless into the fourth inning where the Dodgers finally got to Price. After cruising through the first three innings, Price faced adversity in the fourth. Loading up the bases to begin the inning, with no one out Kemp stepped up to the plate. Just leading by a run Kemp smacked a long fly ball to centerfield enabling first baseman David Freese to tag third and score tying up the game on a sac fly. After striking out the next batter Price was looking at navigating his way out an inning, but right fielder Yasiel Puig looped a single into center scoring shortstop Manny Machado running on contact from second base giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Price struck out the next batter getting out of the inning with the game still within reach for his club to comeback.
During the bottom of the fifth with the Dodgers still up 2-1, the Red Sox mounted a comeback retaking the lead off Ryu, scoring three runs off the lefty with two outs. After loading up the bases manager Dave Roberts took out Ryu resorting to his bullpen calling upon reliever Ryan Madison. Madison walked the first batter he faced first baseman Steven Pearce and then gave up a two-run single to designated hitter J.D. Martinez giving the Sox a 4-2 lead.
Price came out to pitch the sixth inning. Price once again displayed his dominance needing just eight pitches to retire the side and end his night. Price gave the Red Sox six dominant innings giving up just two runs, walking three, and striking out five batters.
Protecting their lead, the Red Sox turned to reliever Joe Kelly to pitch the seventh and starter Nathan Eovaldi for the eighth. Both pitchers threw a scoreless inning keeping the game intact. While the Dodgers stayed in the game using lefty reliever Julio Urias for the sixth, starter Kenta Maeda for the seventh, and closer Kenley Jansen for the eighth.
Closer Craig Kimbrel was called upon to close out the game pitching the top of the ninth, and he did just that. The Red Sox ended the game retiring the last 16 Dodger batters.
Game three will be Friday night in Los Angeles at 8:09pm ET.