From the opening pitch, to the final out, the Boston Red Sox did exactly what they hoped to do in the 2018 World Series, securing a Game 1 win. The kept home field advantage, they dictated the tempo of the game from the first pitch, and now they are up 1-0 with a convincing 8-4 win.
A much-hyped pitching duel between two of the games best — LA’s Clayton Kershaw and Boston’s Chris Sale — never materialized as both pitchers were rocked early and often. The Red Sox scored two in the bottom of the first and it probably should have been more. The Dodgers responded with a run in the second. After that, it was back and forth, with both teams scoring in the third and fifth innings. As World Series games go, it was one of the most entertaining opening games in many years.
After Los Angeles scored another run in the seventh to make it 5-4, Eduardo Nunez became the hero of the day for Boston when he launched a tough pitch into the left field bleachers for a decisive three-run bomb. Nunez’ timely hit was the difference in the game, sending Boston into Game 2 with a ton of confidence.
There were stars on both sides stepping up. Manny Machado drove in three runs while Justin Turner had a monster night. Boston’s Andrew Benintendi continued his stellar playoff play with four hits. J.D. Martinez drove in two runs too. Back and forth it went, like two price fighters trading punches, only this time they traded runs in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th innings.
While everyone expected Kershaw and Sales to battle, nobody expected both lineups to throw knockout punches at their pitchers so early. You can see why these two teams made it this far — they are deep at every spot in the lineup, and they have plenty of bench firepower too.
“Both lineups are talented and deep,” said Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts. “You look at both lineups, and they have the ability to work counts deep. You look at both bullpens, and there is plenty of strength on both sides.”
If Game 1 is any indication, the teams are going to need that depth to survive the series. Regardless, both clubs set the foundation for a monster series where anything can happen.