GAME TWO: Price & Ryu
Rafael Devers got the start at 3rd base opposing Ace Clayton Kershaw, and had his 8th straight postseason game of driving in a run… In the 7th inning with a lefty reliever on the mound, Cora the “Mad Scientist” goes to Nunez and he promptly unloads on a pinch hit 3-Run homerun. That was the first pinch hit World Series HR since Game 3 of 2009 series by Hideki Matsui. But all in all, this just continues the myth of Cora game by game making the best decisions.
Sale looked electric in the 1st inning, fastball getting up around 94/95 mph. But the more the game went on, the more he battled as Dodgers batters were averaging five pitches per plate appearance. Like Kershaw, Sale lasted just four innings. He did collect seven strikeouts in that short span, so the ability to miss bats is there. His next start is lined up to be Game 5, but shouldn’t be a surprise if he were come in relief during Game 3.
The offense continues their onslaught of getting runs early (2-0 lead in 1st seems automatic), and their success with 2 out RBIs seems unparalleled. Andrew Benintendi with his four hit game, became just the third player in franchise history to accomplish this feat. The last time this was done was in 2007 by then rookie Jacoby Ellsbury. Eduardo Nunez’s pinch hit HR just about sucked the life out of the Dodgers team. As that ball sailed into the monster seats, there was brimming confidence that there was no way the Dodgers could come back.
David Price takes the mound for the Red Sox. Fresh off of his ALCS clinching start, six shutout innings vs the Astros offense and 9 K, Price looks to send the team to Los Angeles up 2-0. This win tonight would also ensure that the Dodgers couldn’t end the series in LA. With Cora having to use six relievers last night, it’s just about imperative that Price gives them some length in his start. Although it does help that tomorrow is an off day as both teams are traveling. Last Thursday’s start was Price’s first outing of allowing less than 3 ER since Sep 12 vs Toronto (7 shutout innings).
Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the ball for the Dodgers. The Korean lefty made his debut in 2013. That season is the only time he has reached thirty starts. For the past five seasons he has dealt with a myriad of DL trips. In the 2018 he only made fifteen starts, but Ryu made every start count as he pitched to a 1.97 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and opp .221 avg. The game plan for the Sox offense should be to attack early & often. Working the count is not the way to go. He attacks the zone like Eovaldi, hence the 15 Walks in 82.1 innings in regular season.
The playoffs started off splendidly for Ryu, pitching seven shutout innings against the Braves. In the NLCS he wasn’t that effective. He got the ball in Game 2, lasting just 4.1 innings & giving up 2 ER, with the Dodgers eventually winning 4-3. Ryu’s last start was Game 6 of the NLCS, and it was a clunker. The Brewers forced a Game 7 with a 7-2 Win.
3 innings, 7 Hits, 5 Runs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks
David Price — Career vs Los Angeles Dodgers in 2 starts, 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. The ERA is somewhat deceiving as in those twelve innings, he has given up 7 Runs (3 ER) off of 13 Hits & 6 Walks, while striking out seven Dodgers batters. Career at Fenway Park in 51 games (48 starts), 26-7 with a 3.08 ERA.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
Austin Barnes —–
Cody Bellinger —–
Brian Dozier – 9 for 39 (.231 avg) 4 Doubles, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 Walks, 7 Ks
David Freese – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Walk, K
Yasmani Grandal – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) 2 Walks
Kike Hernandez – 0 for 2, RBI, Walk, K
Matt Kemp —–
Manny Machado – 12 for 41 (.293 avg) Double, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 2 Walks, 8 Ks
Max Muncy —–
Joc Pederson —–
Yasiel Puig – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)
Chris Taylor – 0 for 4, 2 Walks, 2 Ks
Justin Turner – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, RBI
Hyun-Jin Ryu — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. Pitching fve innings, Ryu gave up 4 Runs off of 5 Hits and no walks, striking out seven Sox batters. Like his teammate Kershaw, this is Ryu’s first time ever pitching in Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox:
Andrew Benintendi —–
Mookie Betts —–
Xander Bogaerts —–
Jackie Bradley Jr. —–
Rafael Devers —–
Brock Holt —–
Ian Kinsler – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Walks
Sandy Leon —–
J.D. Martinez – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) Double, Walk, K
Mitch Moreland —–
Eduardo Nunez – 0 for 3
Steve Pearce – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI
Blake Swihart —–
Christian Vazquez —–