David Price continues to morph from post-season goat to glory and relievers pitch in with three flawless innings in a 4-2 win.
"The Red Sox stole more bases than any team in the National League".
MVP candidate Mookie Betts and the Red Sox posted a team-record 108 wins, a big payoff for the team with the top payroll in the game. Boston fans are plenty familiar with him - his late slide past year injured longtime Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and led to a tense situation at Fenway with Sale throwing behind Machado.
With Game 3 set for Friday night, let's jump in the time machine and revisit those previous comebacks for a bit of inspiration as the series shifts to L.A.
The visitor's bullpen at Fenway Park is quite literally in hostile territory.
J.D. Martinez broke open a tie game when he hit a bases-loaded single that drove in a pair of runs and gave the host Red Sox a lead they would not relinquish. Following the game, the rookie manager noted "there's not going to be questions in spring training about David Price in October", per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. "I think us as an organization, us as a union, will definitely have to take a closer look at that, if that's the way the game is going".
"Anything to keep the line moving", Benintendi said of the three-run rally. You know, it's just, I take a lot of pride in being able to evolve from pitch to pitch or day to day or game to game.
While the two-game deficit may seem like a reason for despair, it's worth remembering that it's not insurmountable. "It's just that next guy up mentality".
The Dodgers are expected to throw LHP Rich Hill (11-5, 3.66).
The last time the Red Sox went to the World Series was in 2013 against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Red Sox pitchers Chris Sale, Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi have all made relief appearances between starts. "It was a tough one", he added, referring to Maria's impact. "They pitched well, we put some good at-bats and we pitched extremely well". He was only five pitches into the inning and he was a strike away from getting out of it.
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"We're just in the middle of the World Series", Dodgers first baseman David Freese said.
And the Red Sox batters did what they've been doing: scoring with two outs. If this World Series stretches to seven games, it'll wrap up on Halloween.
"Like I said in Houston, I get the numbers and all that", Cora said.
Price followed the sacrifice fly by blowing a 93-mph fastball by Kike Hernandez on a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Boston's Alex Cora is a proud son of Puerto Rico, the island that produced the magnificent Roberto Clemente, one of the first Latin players in Major League Baseball and among the very greatest. Price went six frames, allowing two runs off three hits.
Unlike the veteran Price, Buehler is a postseason novice. Talk about omens: Scoring first has been a steady indicator of success for Boston this postseason. He'd bounce a pitch into the dirt, walk a batter and then allow two inherited runners to score, the second one proving, eventually, to be the one which gave Boston the winning margin. Ryu settled in to retire eight of the next 10 men he faced before being ambushed for the game-changing rally.
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