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World Series Game 1 Recap

Christian Corey, Sports Writer

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Game one of the World Series was played on Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston. The two teams consisted of the National League Champions Los Angeles Dodgers vs. The American League Champions Boston Red Sox.

  Game 1 Starters

 The two starters for game 1 were Clayton Kershaw for the visiting Dodgers and Chris Sale for the hometown Red Sox.  Kershaw was making his 18th career postseason start on Wednesday.  His counterpart Chris Sale was only making his 4th career postseason start.  Clayton Kershaw only pitched 4.0 innings on Tuesday night giving up 5 runs on 7 hits to Boston.  His counterpart Chris Sale outing was very similar to Kershaw’s.  Sale also pitched 4.0 innings but only gave up 3 runs on hits to L.A.

  Scoring  

 Even though L.A. got the first hit of the 2018 World Series by their first baseman David Freese who hit a single into right field, Boston struck first with the first two runs of the Series.  Boston’s first baseman Andrew Benintendi hit an RBI single into right field that scored the right fielder Mookie Betts from 2nd.  Three batters later Boston’s designated hitter J.D. Martinez hit a sharp line drive RBI single to left making the game 2-0 Red Sox. 

 A half-inning later in the top of the 2nd, Dodger’s designated hitter Matt Kemp hit a solo-homerun to left getting the Dodgers on the board.

In the top of the 3rd inning the Dodgers would add another run.  This run came on an RBI single that went into left field from their third baseman Manny Machado.  Machado’s single scored third baseman Justin Turner from 2nd base, tying the game up at 2 a piece. 

 However, the game would not stay that way for long.  In the bottom half of that inning with a runner on first J.D. stepped up to the plate.  Martinez hit a scorching RBI double that hit off the garage door in center field that scored Enrique Hernadez all the way from first base giving Boston the lead again 3-2.  

 In the top of the 5th the Dodgers would tie the game up again, by an RBI groundout from Manny Machado, that went to second baseman Ian Kinsler making the game a 3-3 tie.  In the bottom half of the inning Boston responded with 2 runs.  The first run came by an infield single by Boston’s shortstop Xander Bogaerts with the bases loaded.  Andrew Benintendi scored from third.  The second run came on a single by third baseman Rafael Devers, that scored Xander Bogaerts from second making the game 5-3 in favor of the Sox. 

 Two innings later in the top of the 7th inning Manny Machado batted in another run for L.A.  This time he hit a sacrifice fly into center field with the bases loaded.  Max Muncy tagged up and scored, making it a one run game.  

 In the bottom half of that inning Boston would finally break the game wide open.  Boston’s pinch hitter Eduardo Nunez stepped up to the plate and smoked a line drive 3-run- homerun that went into the green monster seats extending Boston’s lead to 8-4.

  Game 1 Wrap-up  

 The score would remain that way until the bottom of the 9th when Boston’s closer Craig Kimbrel came on to shut down the Dodgers offense for the last time.  Kimbrel would get shut down L.A.’s offense by getting Joc Peterson to ground out to second base and then getting the next two hitters Max Muncy and Justin Turner out on strikes and give Boston a 1-0 Series lead.  

 Game 2 will be played at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday at 8:09 p.m. and the game will be aired on FOX.

 

Picture is from wgom.org

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