Machado's first World Series one to forget for Dodgers

29 October, 2018, 14:59 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • BOSTON MA.- OCTOBER 31 Fans line Cambridge St before the parade for the Boston Red Sox

The Dodgers, the National League champion and in the World Series for the second year in a row, were trying to win their seventh title and first since 1988.

The hard-hitting first baseman returned on Sunday and hit a two-run home run in the first inning to put the visitors ahead, 2-0, and then launched a solo shot in the eighth inning that gave Boston a 5-1 lead for the final score.

Game Five starter Price surrendered one run on three hits in seven plus innings to collect his third straight postseason win, while all the Red Sox runs were scored via home runs.

Really, you expect to get beaten by guys like Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez (who both also homered in Game 5).

Pearce struck again in the eighth with another homer before pitcher Chris Sale closed off the game in the following inning. "#BOSTON #BeanTown #DoDamage." Even Magic Johnson congratulated the Dodgers' opposing team, tweeting, "Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox players, Manager Alex Cora, owners, and all Red Sox fans for winning the 2018 World Series!"

Nathan Eovaldi, traded to the Red Sox in July, worked in relief in three games, including his six-inning outing in Friday's 18-inning Game 3 marathon won by the Dodgers, posting a 1.16 ERA.

There's a decent chance these teams would still be playing right now if Devers hadn't fueled the rally with his RBI base hit (yes, even if you are reading this tomorrow, the game might still be going on if it weren't for Devers).

OCTOBER 31 2018- BOSTON MA Fans start to get ready for the Red Sox parade near the Boston Common. Staff

"This is why I came here", Price said on the field afterward. And Cora helped coax a breakout postseason from World Series Game 5 victor David Price.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado stands in the dugout after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles.

"For us to be able to turn that double play, it was huge", Price said. "He knew Boston. I think he excels in dealing with the media, which in Boston is a bigger job than some other places". He went seven innings in Game 5, yielding only one run and three hits. He might be remembered as the scapegoat for the Dodgers' failure, and he is indeed the easy target: the mercenary who was brought in to win a title and who did not, and who wasn't around long enough for anyone to get attached. The 35-year-old Pearce joined the Red Sox in June. A ninth championship is always potentially just a few short months away once spring training convenes in Fort Myers every February.

Kershaw, who now has the choice to opt out of his Dodgers contract, was left with yet another postseason disappointment. He had been 0-9 in 11 postseason starts before defeating Astros ace Justin Verlander in the clinching Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

"I don't know where we stand in history and all that", said Dave Dombrowski, the club's president of baseball operations. Dave Roberts, the Dodgers' manager, has been maligned for his deployment of his bullpen, but perhaps it appeared as if he struggled to pull the right strings because there were no strings to pull.

Joe Kelly turned into Cora's most trusted reliever in the World Series.

Backed into a corner and with their bullpen worn out, the Dodgers turned to three-time Cy Young victor Clayton Kershaw, while the Red Sox countered with their Cy Young victor Price.

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