Game 1 was…not the game we expected I think it is safe to say? Neither Clayton Kershaw nor Chris Sale made it out of the 5th inning, with Kershaw ultimately being tagged with the loss after giving up five runs in the 8-4 loss. Matt Barnes got the win, pitching out of a 5th inning jam that started with Sale issuing a leadoff walk. Eduardo Nunez put the exclamation point on the win with a pinch hit 3 run home run in the 7th. The guy he pinch hit for, Rafael Devers, made playoff history by driving in a run for the 8th straight post-season game. This moved him into a tie with Lou Gehrig, Ryan Howard and Alex Rodriguez for most consecutive playoff games with an RBI. Manny Machado meanwhile was the Dodgers best player on the night, driving in 3 runs to bring his total this post-season up to 12.
Tonight is game 2, and another match-up of lefties. Hyun-Jin Ryu will be going for the Dodgers against David Price of the Red Sox. Ryu has had a solid 2018 post-season so far in 3 starts, including 7 shutout innings in the NLDS (fun fact, Ryu was part of the gold medal winning Korean baseball team in the 2008 Olympics, starting and winning the deciding game against Cuba). Price had continued with his notorious playoff struggles until game 5 of the ALCS against Houston where he turned in a dominant 6 inning performance on short rest.
A couple other notes for both teams. Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers is celebrating his 22nd birthday today. And for the Dodgers, it was on this day in 1945 that Branch Rickey announced the signing of Jackie Robinson. I think we all know the story from there.
First pitch is 8:09 EST/5:09 PST. Let’s play ball!