BOSTON – You would be hard pressed to create a more enticing World Series Game 1 pitching matchup than Chris Sale against Clayton Kershaw. You can also be hard pressed to understand why, when the game took place, the root cultures on the boot began to be so irrelevant.
A slow doubles turn here. A missing popup there. They may not seem so big on their own, but adds to these abuses, and that’s why LA is in an early World Series hole.
Driven by Andrew Benintendi’s four-hit night and Eduardo Nunez’s snappy blow, Boston burned LA in the world’s opener.
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Neither the starter was entirely responsible for the game’s performance, an 8 -4 Boston Red Sox wins over Los Angeles Dodgers. L.A fans may, after looking at Boston, roll up their fleet, perhaps experiencing some incredible flashbacks to last year’s seven-game loss in the World Series to the potent Houston Astros. Sales worked through four innings as the speed of his fastball deteriorated with each fitting inning. He was efficient enough and gave up only two runs, but he failed to reach fifth.
It was also true to Kershaw, who disappeared for the most part while fighting his command. He did not get much help from his defense and made his last line – five runs allowed in four innings – crazy than it could have been. As ugly as Boston weather on a cold, wet night. It was not that which plagued Kershaw.
“I did not climb well, but I do not think the weather had anything to do with it,” said Kershaw.
No, neither was the es bearing his team in Game 1, but we still had a one-run game in the seventh which was much in doubt. The game once said so much about Red Sox and Dodgers as a whole as it did if any Sale and Kershaw did. These are two teams using their full roster and for all the high dollar stars in the match, the team that wins a given game will likely be the one who receives positive contributions from each phase of the club. On Tuesday, Boston was made.
“They will be a hard team to beat,” Kershaw said about Red Sox. “They do a good job all the way around. They beat homers, get balls in games for singles, doubles, stolen bases. All kinds of stuff.”
It’s not as sexy as Kershaw and Sale goes the distance and combines for about 30 strikeouts and striking others’ setup. Baseball, around 2018, rarely works anywhere, but it is not very how Boston and Los Angeles work. Yes, big names players on both teams put up numbers. Manny Machado drove in three runs for L.A. Justin Turner had a great night. For Boston, Andrew Benintendi had a career night and became the third Boston player to have a four-kind game in the World Series. Mookie Betts got things started. J. D. Martinez drove in a couple.
“Man, both rulers can spit on places, can work,” said Dodger’s first basseman David Freese. “I do not know the last time I met the team where the right side of the infield saw three balls in the air right out of the gate. It shows that those guys work in the inner half of baseball. That’s what they do. Their troops go up against Kersh, get into their skills and try not to do too much. “
In fact, both teams set up early runs with their powerful lineups, despite the fact that Salu and Kershaw have a presence. Later, both teams received as many innings from their relievers as they did their starters. Both teams looked at their benches in important situations. Red Sox and Dodger’s both have several entrees that can produce a gem for any excursion. It is also likely that each game will be determined by small moments, and the constant swing of substitutions. And do not forget that all the leading levers are pulled, leading to “clarifying” questions in the after-call and other guesses from pundits from coast to coast.
It was not about the aces, or even stalwarts. It was about everyone.
Eduardo Nunez and Mookie Betts celebrate Boston’s Game 1 victory. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
“You look at both boxes, there is a lot of depth,” said Dodger’s chief Dave Roberts. “You are looking at the positioners on both sides, bouncing on bats, and both teams are able to work in pitch calculations and get the height counter higher so you have to go to the pen and play the matchups. It’s kind of how we saw it.”  These teams are so good and they are performed so well that the small mistakes in this series could lead to major consequences. In Game 1, a most played competition in less than ideal conditions, all mistakes seemed to fall on Dodger’s side, which is why they go back to their hotel with a deficit on their hands.
A couple of mistakes came after Kershaw departed with two men on the base – a wild increase and a missed double chance chance that led to the fourth and fifth run on Kershaw’s tab.
“I do not think he had the fastball command that he usually does missing in the zone,” said Roberts. “I do not think his controls had the depths we used to see, and those to their credit they put some good bats on him. We did not play the defense as we usually do. We thought we left some outs out there. did not make Clayton’s job easier. “
A big moment of precipitation came to the top of the seventh. Three straight dodgers reached base against Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier, loaded the bags to Machado, who hit a victim fly, narrowed the game to 5-4. Roberts had Cody Bellinger on the plate, so Boston boss Alex Cora called Eduardo Rodriguez from the pen. Normally a starter who had reversed platoon records during his career, Rodriguez got a ball in the zone where Bellinger fights. The slugger fled mildly to center to end the threat.
It was not Chris Sale’s night, but it did not have to be. Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
Finally, the balance of the game became final in Boston’s favor in front of another Eduardo in the lower half of the seventh. With two and two out, Roberts Pedro Baez, who again flashed the dominant things he had through the postseason.
Left Alex Wood came on, so Cora sent Eduardo Nunez to the plate as a pinch hitter. Wood, like Rodriguez, is also usually a starter, Nunez threw two straight punches and Nunez crushed the other hammering the hardest hit home-run ball he had for two years. The ball just cleaned the green monster, but it was a matching home run just the same.
“In the beginning, I thought it would be a single because the wall is so high and I know it was a low ball,” said Nunez. “When I see the ball, I was excited, because I did not expect the ball to go [out].”
All this happened after Sale and Kershaw had returned to their clubhouse to the ice their arms. A missing doubles game, a left start roller coming through, and another who does not. Red Sox played an airtight defensive game. The dodgers did not. The dodgers made the big rise. The red sox did not.
“I mean, I love it,” said Cora. “I love it, it’s a challenge, they will mix and match. They will cling here, they’ll bring their relievers. You know how I say I hate to handle the other team, but actually you have to deal with them and see who they have and where they will come in, and when is [there] it will be the point that the match will benefit us. “
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Neither Red Sox nor Dodgers is just about their aces, nor their stars, or any stage in the game. They are all about it, and it gives us plenty to keep track of. These small sub-matchups are equally likely to determine the series as something happens to the headliners. In order to win a game, much less series, both teams need all their different parts to work together. Because if they do not, the other side has the weapons to exploit.
“I really do not care if the others guess me,” said Cora. “I prepare. We prepare ourselves as a group, and you make decisions. And honestly, when I’m done here, I shower, I get in that car, I can get a text saying” Go to the pharmacy and get some diapers for the kids. “”
In Game 1, there were Dodgers who fell short of ways that were small but had consequences so great. In Game 2, it is quite possible that the roles will be reversed, and it will be the Red Sox that will be destroyed by a missed doubles game or a ball that does not bite.
But hopefully we will also get a game or two in which none of these aspects fail for any team. When that happens, we’ll see the two best teams in the sport right now, keep the class in Fall Classic. We can even get a game determined by the stars.