The Dodgers have officially put themselves in a pickle this World Series. Since the beginning of the 2-3-2 World Series format, teams that win the first two games at home have won the series 41 of 51 times. The last ten teams to win the first two games have won the series.
This shows just how desperate the Dodgers are now, after dropping game two of the series 4-2. The Dodgers made a handful of mistakes in the game that led to a three-run fifth inning for the Red Sox.
Coming into the series, one of the big storylines was David Price. He’s had his struggles in the postseason, but he also pitches really well against the Astros in the ALCS. Price silenced the doubters last night by tossing six innings of two-run ball, allowing just three hits. As you can see, Price was actually good.
The Dodgers did manage to score two runs off Price, and even take a lead for a short time. The Dodgers loaded the bases against Price and it looked like it was their chance to take a big lead. Instead, the scored one run on a Matt Kemp sacrifice fly and then one more on a Yasiel Puig RBI single.
Unfortunately, the Dodgers’ lead only lasted for a moment as things took a turn for the worst in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hyun-Jin Ryu retired the Red Sox’s 7 and 8 hitters to open the inning. But then he gave up a single to Christian Vázquez. Personally, I think Puig should have dove and caught the ball. From there, Mookie Betts singled and Andrew Benintendi walked.
This called for a pitching change so the Dodgers brought in Ryan Madson. Madson came in on Tuesday night and gave up a walk and RBI base hit, so I’m not sure why they decided to bring him in instead of Pedro Báez. Anyhow, Madson walked Steve Pearce to tie the game. J.D. Martinez then hit a two-run single that gave the Red Sox the lead.
Two Out Hits
The Dodgers were victims of two-out hits last night. The Red Sox scored their first run of the game on a two-out RBI single. They also rallied in the fifth on two outs. If the Dodgers want to have a chance to win the World Series, they MUST finish innings. It’s not enough to get two outs and then go on cruise control. The Red Sox are too good for that.
The series will take a break on tonight, which will give us a chance to watch some Thursday night football. The series will resume on Friday night at 5:09 pm. Walker Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers in this must-win game against Rick Porcello and the Red Sox.
Now that the Dodgers are at home, the need to take advantage of Porcello’s 4.22 ERA this postseason. In the regular season, Porcello owned a 17-7 record with a 4.28 ERA.