Game one of the World Series did not go the way Dodger fans had hoped. Clayton Kershaw lasted only 4+ innings and allowed five runs, thanks in part to the defense behind him. Then, Eduardo Núñez, the Red Sox’s worst hitter, hit a decisive three-run homer.
The game was advertised as a great pitching matchup between Kershaw and Chris Sale. But it didn’t turn out like this. Sale lasted just 4+ innings, allowing three earned runs. As I already said, Kershaw lasted just 4+ innings as well, and he allowed 5 earned runs.
But Kershaw was not only a victim of his own pitching mistakes. There were also a lot of defensive mistakes that were out of Kershaw’s control.
In the first inning, it looked like Kershaw had got the Red Sox’s leadoff man, Mookie Betts to pop out in foul territory. But David Freese dropped the ball, giving Betts another life. After Betts got yet another life on a bad call by the home plate umpire, he singled to center field.
Betts then stole second base and came around to score on Andrew Benintendi‘s single to right field. When Yasiel Puig picked up the ball, he mistakingly tried to throw out Betts this allowed Benintendi to advance. Because of this, Benintendi was able to score on J.D. Martinez‘s RBI single.
After the Dodgers tied it up on a home run by Matt Kemp and an RBI single by Manny Machado, the Red Sox got back to business. Martinez doubled home a run in the third inning after the Dodgers missed an inning-ending double-play.
The Dodgers then tied the game back up after chasing Sale out of the game in the fifth. The Dodgers had runners on first and second when a wild pitch by Matt Barnes moved them to second and third. Machado then drove in one run with a groundout to tie the game.
After this, things went south quickly in the bottom of the fifth. Kershaw walked Betts, courtesy of a blind umpire, then Benintendi singled to left field. At this point, Dave Roberts decided to pull Kershaw from the game. Ryan Madson immediately threw a wild pitch, then walked the bases loaded. After striking out Martinez, the Dodgers missed yet another would-be double-play. This allowed a run to score. After that, Rafael Devers singled in another run.
In the seventh inning, things got even worse. The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out and Machado at the plate. They desperately needed a single or a double, but instead, Machado hit a sacrifice fly. This was as close as the Dodgers got.
Then in the bottom of the seventh, the Red Sox broke it open. Benintendi led off with a ground-rule double that Joc Pederson should have caught. Dave Roberts then decided to make a pitching change that made no sense. Then, after an intentional walk, Núñez hit a pinch-hit three-run homer.