Kershaw and Sale Exit Early, Boston Secures a Late 8-4 Win
Game 1 of the World Series went underway Tuesday night in Boston, and it was an absolute slugfest!
The Sox struck first set up by a Mookie Betts single. Benintendi followed up with a base hit of his own and plated Betts, who had just stole second. J.D Martinez drove a two-out base hit up the middle, giving the Red Sox a 2-run lead.
LA responded the next inning with a solo blast off the bat of Matt Kemp, cutting Boston’s lead in half. Once again in the top of the 3rd inning, the Dodgers were knocking on the door. Singles by Justin Turner and David Freese allowed for an RBI single from Manny Machado, tying the game at 2.
The Red Sox did not give in and the next half inning, JD Martinez smacked a double to deep center scoring Steve Pearce.
Chris Sale exited in the top of the 5th, and a Manny Machado fielder's choice drove in one run, again bringing the game back to a 3-3 tie. Kershaw also was removed from the game in the bottom of that same inning, giving the Red Sox another opportunity to break the game open. A bases loaded fielder’s choice by Xander Bogaerts drove in one, followed by a David Freese single giving Boston a 5-3 lead.
The Dodgers tried to chip away in the 7th, plating one off a sacrifice fly from Machado, but the Red Sox finally put the game to bed after the 7th inning stretch. A 3 run pinch hit homer off the bat of Eduardo Nunez brought Boston to an 8-4 lead, which would prove to be enough to take Game 1. After the game, Boston’s coach Alex Cora said, "From the first at-bat we put pressure on them, and that's what we do."
Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday night at 8:09 PM on Fox.