Red Sox Do What They Do Best -- Just Win Baby
Here’s the thing about the Red Sox — they win.
This is a team that won a franchise-record 108 regular-season games, compiling the fourth-best winning percentage in franchise history (the schedule was expanded to 162 games in 1961).
And just because they advanced to the World Series didn’t mean they would fade into oblivion.
They opened the World Series with an impressive 8-4 victory over the NL Champion Dodgers at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. And they made it uncomfortable for the Dodgers.
It was like they were teasing the Dodgers for six innings, allowing the Dodgers to stay in the game, but answering any attempt the Dodgers made to get control of the game before finally making the grand statement themseleves in the seventh.
In the top of the inning, the Dodgers scored, pulling to within 5-4. In the bottom of the inning, however, pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez took the fight out of the Dodgers with a two-out, three-run home run that provided the final margin of victory.
Will the Dodgers have an answer in Game 2 on Wednesday night?
The Red Sox certainly had the answers in Game 1.
—After taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Red Sox found the scored tied at 2-2 after the Dodgers scored one run in the second and another in the third. Red Sox response? With two out in the bottom of the third, JD Martinez delivered a double, scoring Steve Pearce, and giving the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.
—The Dodgers tied the score at 3-3 in the top of the fifth, but in the bottom. … Xander Bogaerts put the Red Sox ahead with a run-scoring fielder’s choice, the Dodgers unable to turn an inning-ending double play, and Rafael Devers followed with a run-scoring single for a 5-3 lead.
—And when the Dodgers made noise in the seventh, scoring a run to pull within 5-4, the Red Sox delivered the final blow. Nunez unloaded a two-out, three-run home run.
But be honest.
The Red Sox have put togehter an impressive roster.
They had the best overall record in MLB, winning 12 more games than the Brewers, who led the NL with 96 wins. They also had the best home record and inter-league record in MLB, and had the second-best road record.
In other words, the Red Sox had the ability to win no matter who they were playing, and where they were playing.
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