Red Sox Capture World Series Title

Julia Ruocchio, Staff Writer

On Tuesday October 23, 2018, the 114th annual Fall Classic kicked off between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Boston Red Sox, who represented the American League (AL), defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, who represented the National League (NL) four games to one in the series. Boston took home championship number nine for the club.

Game 1 between the Dodgers and Red Sox was a back-and-forth battle with Boston coming out on top. Mid-season pick up for the Dodgers, Manny Machado, had a big start to the series, collecting three RBIs.

It was unknown how All-Star left-hander Chris Sale would pitch for Boston, considering he missed some time during the ALCS in the hospital with a stomach illness. Sale struggled with his command, as it took 91 pitches to toss only four-plus innings. Thankfully, the team had Sale’s back after his average outing.

The Red Sox retook the lead in the fifth inning, a lead they would never give up, as they went on to win 8-4. Eduardo Nuñez delivered a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning, which added some cushion to the Red Sox’s lead.
In Game 2, the Red Sox ended up taking a 2-0 World Series lead with a 4-2 win over the Dodgers. David Price has been known to struggle in the postseason throughout his whole career, but he flipped the script in his 11th MLB season. Price earned the win for the Sox in game 2, which was his second straight postseason win.
Game 3 wasn’t a typical World Series game. The contest went a historical 18 innings, where a decision was finally made. The Dodgers cut the series deficit in half with a game 3 victory. A walk-off homer for Max Muncy in the 18th frame was the difference of the game. Nathan Eovaldi tossed a solid six innings in relief for the Red Sox before allowing the big blow to Muncy.
The Dodgers have fallen 3-1 in the series. Yasiel Puig’s three-run blast was the Dodgers’ only sign of life this game. LA had a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning, which was unfortunately blown in later innings. Boston made matters interesting a half an inning later, responding with a three-run shot of their own, which was a pinch-hit bomb for Mitch Moreland. LA still held a 4-3 lead at this point, but unfortunately for the Dodgers, a five-run inning for the Red Sox blew the game open, in which they took game four by a score of 9-6.

Boston put an end to the series in Game 5, where they were crowned World Series Champions. Steve Pearce hit two homers in the win, earning him World Series MVP honors for 2018. Pearce’s first homer gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the first frame. David Price was masterful, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, as the bats backed up Price’s solid performance by crushing four homers as a team.

Winning a total of 119 games in all of 2018 and their ninth World Series title in franchise history, 2018 was undoubtedly year to remember for the Boston Red Sox.

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