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Red October

by Daniel Rohlf
Posted on Nov 08, 2018

 

For the fourth time since 2004, the Boston Red Sox are World Series Champions. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games. The Red Sox relied on their high powered offense and got timely pitching to win their ninth title in franchise history. The Red Sox became the 13th team since 1969 to have the best record in the regular season and win the World Series.

In game 1, both Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw were out of the game by the fifth inning. The Red Sox were up 5-4 going into the bottom of the seventh. Pinch hitter Eduardo Nunez was able to close the door on a potential Dodgers come back by hitting a three run home run over the Green Monster in left field. Boston’s pitching did its job, and Boston took game one 8-4.

Boston was able to hold serve in game 2, winning by a score of 4-2. David Price, who has been much maligned for previous postseason performances, gave up two runs over six innings, and was able to get the win.

The Dodgers were heading home for games three, four, and five, and were in desperate need of a win. Their rookie sensation Walker Buehler would toe the rubber for this game. He surrendered just two hits over seven shutout innings, but it would not be enough to get the win. This game would span 18 innings, and it ended with a Max Muncy walk off home run to left center field.

“The feeling was just pure joy and incredible excitement,” Muncy said according to Sporting News. “That’s about all I can think of because it’s hard to describe how good a feeling it is.”

In game 4, the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead into the seventh inning courtesy of a Yasiel Puig three run home run. The Red Sox were then able to get into the Dodgers bullpen, where they would put up nine runs. The 9-6 victory put them within one game of winning it all.

In game 5, the Red Sox won 5-1 thanks to seven innings from David Price only giving up one run. Steve Pearce was awarded the MVP of the series, but there was plenty of praise for Price. He shared how special this moment was for him.

“My confidence was never altered,” Price said.  “I always had the belief in myself, in my abilities, and to be able to come through on this stage and in October, for myself and my teammates.”

The Red Sox won 108 games in the regular season, and had an 11-3 record in the playoffs, which reaffirmed the Red Sox as the best team in baseball in 2018.