Whicker: Dodgers get little relief in World Series Game 1 loss

first_imgNunez was pinch-hitting for third baseman Rafael Devers, who delivered a two-out RBI single off Ryan Madson in Boston’s two-run fifth.There were no safe harbors on the Boston lineup card. The Dodgers handed the Sox only two zeros in the first seven innings. Now they give the Game 2 ball to Hyun-Jin Ryu, who gave up seven runs in 7-1/3 innings in his two NLCS starts.Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale were the first seven-time All-Star pitchers to square off in a World Series game. They were also the first seven-time All-Stars to leave the mound after they got a total of 24 outs.First baseman David Freese got turned around as he went near the camera well, and onto muddy terrain, and couldn’t catch a foul pop by Mookie Betts in the first. Betts then stole second and scored on the first of three consecutive singles by Andrew Benintendi, who became the third Boston player to enjoy a four-hit game in a World Series.Another base hit by J.D. Martinez made it 2-0 and showed that the Red Sox were going to treat Kershaw like the finesse pitcher he has become. No power swings, just taking whatever Kershaw gave them. BOSTON — The Dodgers’ bullpen wasn’t supposed to match, much less surpass, the Brewers’ bullpen. It did.The Dodgers’ bullpen was supposed to be one of the few palpable edges the National League champions had over Boston. In Game One, it wasn’t.And so the Red Sox won their 116th game of 2018, riding their relievers and a three-run pinch-hit homer by Eduardo Nuñez to an 8-4 victory over the Dodgers in the World Series opener on Tuesday night.The blast came off Alex Wood, an erstwhile starter who has been wedged into a bullpen rose and has struggled with it in the playoffs. This was Wood’s seventh appearance. He has gotten 13 outs and has now given up three home runs. Again, the Dodgers labored mightily and brought forth a mouse in the seventh. They loaded the bases against Ryan Brasier and got a run-scoring fly ball from Machado with one out. Eduardo Rodriguez relieved Brasier and got Bellinger to hit a fly ball to strand Dodgers on first and second.The afternoon was nearly as eventful as those first six innings. Three times, the Fenway Park ground crew had to apply the tarpaulin, as a series of persistent showers visited eastern Massachusetts. At one point a rainbow emerged, but an hour later a thunderstorm followed,According to TickPick, the secondary ticket marketplace, the average price for a Game 1 ticket fell 22 percent, thanks to the weather. This did not exactly cause the common folk to gather around. Even with the discount, the average price was $899.It’s a battle of the conglomerates, and neither team got here because of a familiarity with losing. But the pillar upon which the Dodgers have leaned could not support their weight on Tuesday. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start But Sale, who gave up a .181 batting average during the regular season, got worn down by the Dodgers’ patience. The first six L.A. hitters took Sale through at least five pitches apiece. Matt Kemp was the sixth one, and he smoked a 3-and-2 fastball into the seats atop the Green Monster to make it 3-2.Sale needed 21 pitches to get through the first and 30 to navigate the second. In the third, Justin Turner, Freese and Manny Machado got base hits in their second look at Sale, and the Dodgers tied it, although Sale did retire pinch-hitter Cody Bellinger to stop the rally.In the third, the Dodgers nearly turned an epic double play on Steve Pearce, who was ruled safe at first. That would have ended the inning, and Martinez crushed a double against the center-field wall that scored Pearce with the go-ahead run.But when Sale walked Brian Dozier to begin the fifth, he was removed in favor of Matt Barnes, normally the right-handed setup man. He gave up Turner’s second base hit and then wild-pitched both Dodger baserunners to second and third. Machado’s grounder with one out tied it again, with Boston’s infield playing back in the belief that more runs were coming.That was well-founded. Benintendi’s single finished Kershaw. Madson, who became the 40th player to play in three World Series for three different teams (Phillies, Royals and Dodgers) walked Pearce to load the bases but came within a step of escaping unscathed. He struck out Martinez, and the Dodgers nearly doubled up Xavier Bogaerts on a ground ball. Instead, Mookie Betts scored on the play, and Devers made it 5-3 with a two-out base hit off Madson.It was the first time in 14 years that the Game 1 starters in a World Series failed to pitch more than four innings apiece.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img

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