Red Sox Win World Series Over Dodgers in Game Five
Sophia Albert October 31, 2018
Two of the most iconic teams in MLB faced each other in the world series after working their way through the regular season and playoffs. The Boston Red Sox from the American League and the Los Angeles Dodgers from the National League both have strong teams, built up with power. In the end after only five games, the Red Sox took home the trophy to Boston, winning four games and only losing one in game three.
The Red Sox had a record breaking 108 wins in the regular season, then bumping it up to 119 after the playoffs. They gained their fourth world series title since 2004 and it was their ninth win since the first ever world series in 1903 which they won against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Dodgers have won six world series, lagging closely behind Boston. Game five took place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 28, 2018.
The Red Sox lineup for the fifth and final game seemed kind of skeptical, but clearly, it paid off. Many fans were unsure if benching Jackie Bradley Jr. was the right decision because he is a strong offensive hitter and one of the best outfielders in major league baseball. The roster started with number 50, Mookie Betts. He played centerfield in place of JBJ, giving up his usual position, right field for Martinez. Next up was crowd pleaser, Andrew Benintendi, playing left field. MVP, Steve Pearce was third to bat, playing first base, followed by J.D Martinez taking right field. Xander Bogaerts, Brock Holt, Rafael Devers, Christian Vasquez, and pitcher David Price end off the fierce roster. Now for the Dodgers lineup, first baseman David Freese lead off. Third baseman Justin Turner followed Freese. Enrique Hernandez and Manny Machado come next playing centerfield and shortstop. They finish off their lineup with Max Muncy, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor, Austin Barnes, and pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Game five of the 2018 World Series, ended with a 5-1 score, the Dodgers not scoring since the first inning. Steve Pearce hit his first homerun of the game, driving in two runs off Kershaw in the top of the first. In the bottom of the first inning, Freese hit a solo homerun off Price, but after that, three outs came quickly. Both the Red Sox and the Dodgers didn’t score at all from the second inning to the fifth thanks to strong pitching by David Price and Clayton Kershaw. Finally getting out of his hitting slump, Mookie Betts hit his first postseason solo home run, moving the score up to 3-1 in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Price shuts out Los Angeles in three batters, making it look easy and effortless, only throwing 76 pitches in six innings. To start off the seventh, Kershaw allowed a homer to right fielder, J.D Martinez. In the eighth inning, Pedro Baez from the Dodgers came in to pitch and gave up a solo homerun to Steve Pearce, earning his second homer of the night. The score changed to 5-1, bringing the Dodgers down further behind the Sox. After a rocky bottom of the eighth inning, fans were unsure who was going to be sent to the mound in the final inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Boston’s ace pitcher, Chris Sale finished the game, striking out three L.A batters in a row. According to the New York Times, the Red Sox are champions again for the fourth time in fifteen seasons of MLB baseball.
The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers came to a final showdown for the world series title and trophy. After nine eventful innings, the Red Sox were named champions of the 2018 World Series. Steve Pearce was named MVP for his outstanding performance in the five game series.On October 31, 2018, the Sox returned to Boston, parading around the streets in duck boats, celebrating their victory.