The David Price redemption tour continued on Wednesday. Price’s six innings of two-run ball and J.D. Martinez’ two-out, two-RBI base hit in the bottom of the fifth launched the Red Sox to a 4-2 win in Game 2 and a 2-0 series lead over the Dodgers as the series shifts to Los Angeles.
After picking up his first postseason win as a starter in the series-clinching game against Houston in the ALCS, Price picked up right where he left off in his first career World Series start. Despite a penchant for struggling in colder weather, Price showed great command of both his fastball and off-speed pitches. He faced some adversity in the fourth when the Dodgers loaded the bases in with no outs. However, Price ultimately surrendered just two runs.
After Yasiel Puig’s hit to drive in the Dodgers second run of the game, Price retired the final seven batters he faced. Price ended the night allowing just two runs, on three hits and two walks. The hard-throwing lefty struck out five. He then turned the ball over to a bullpen that was even more dominant. The combination of Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi, and Craig Kimbrel retired all nine batters that faced in the final three innings to close the door on any Dodgers comeback. In fact, the trio has yet to allow a single base runner through the first two games.
The Red Sox came into the game having scored 32 of their 64 runs with two outs. That trend continued on Wednesday. In addition to Martinez’ two-RBI’s in the fifth, Ian Kinsler drove in Xander Boagarts in the second with two outs for the Red Sox first run of the night. And, of course, the bases-loaded walk to Steve Pearce that brought in the tying run was issued with two outs as well.
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The series now shifts to Dodger Stadium for game’s 3,4, and a potential game 5. The Red Sox have yet to name a starter but give the fact that Eovaldi has picked in each of the first two games, it will likely be Rick Porcello taking the mound. The Dodgers will counter with rookie Walker Buehler in a crucial game three. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the Red Sox are undefeated on the road this postseason, including taking three straight in Houston to close out the ALCS. Overall, the Red Sox are 9-2 this postseason. Since 2004, the Red Sox are 14-2 in World Series games.