Game Two–The Price Was Right

James Hagan, Staff Writer

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It was a cool breezy Wednesday night in Boston for game two of the World Series. In a sold out Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox took care of business and beat the Dodgers 4-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.  

The Red Sox were the best in the regular season with a 108-54 record. Their counterpart in this year’s fall classic, the Dodgers, went 92-71 on the year giving them first place in the National League. Two of the league’s most powerful teams have made for an interesting World Series so far.    

The Red Sox took game one 8-4 in an offensive battle. Game two was powered behind David Price and the work of the bullpen of Boston.

Price, who had just come off of his first career win as a starting pitcher against the Houston Astros in the ALCS, came out in game two and performed a dominating six innings with three hits and two runs.

Price’s only trouble of the night came  in the fourth inning were he allowed the only two runs in a bases loaded no one out situation.

The Dodgers’ only momentum came early that game when they scored two runs in the fourth and took a 2-1 lead. By the fifth inning, it was all Red Sox.

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu retired the first two batters of the fifth inning and then let up two singles to Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts, and a walk to Andrew Benintendi ending his night. The Dodgers then brought in Ryan Madson who walked the first batter he faced on four pitches and then gave up a two run single to J.D. Martinez giving the Sox a 4-2 lead.

After Price’s six innings, the Boston bullpen dominated the rest of the game. Pitchers Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi, and Craig Kimbrel worked scoreless 7th, 8th, and 9th innings for the Sox on the night. Red Sox pitching ended their night retiring 16 straight Dodger batters.  

Greg Masciadrelli who was in attendance described the night as “It’s a night you won’t forget. Fenway was electric all night, especially when the Sox took the led in the fifth. After the fifth you could feel that they were going to win. There is always that special feeling during playoff games and especially during the World Series.”

In the end, it has been the ideal start for the Red Sox who head to LA with a 2-0 series lead. They play their next game Friday night with Rick Porcello toeing the rubber and Walker Buehler going for the Dodgers who look to gain some momentum and cut the series lead to one game Friday night.