Boston Red Sox Win 2018 World Series

Posted on January 9, 2019 by

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On 23 October, the 2018 Major League Baseball World Series Championship began. The Los Angeles Dodgers were set to take on the Boston Red Sox.

Coming into the postseason, the Red Sox held the best regular season record in the Majors with 108 wins and 54 losses. They defeated the New York Yankees in four games in the ALDS and later went on to beat the Houston Astros in the ALCS in five games.

The Los Angeles Dodgers went 92-17 in the regular season. They defeated the Colorado Rockies in a tie-breaker game for the National League West Division, winning their division. The Dodgers went on to beat the Atlanta Braves in four games and the Milwaukee Brewers in a seven game series to win the National League Championship Series.

With home field advantage, the Series began in Boston at Fenway Park on 23 October 2018. Star pitcher Chris Sale (Boston) battled Clayton Kershaw (LA) in game one. The Red Sox topped the Dodgers by a score of 8-4, with Sale getting the win.

Game two was also hosted by the Red Sox at Fenway Park, pitting pitchers David Price (Boston) against the Dodgers’ Hyun-jin Ryu. The Red Sox came out on top once again by a score of 4-2, with runs scored by J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler, and Steve Pierce for the Red Sox, and Manny Machado and Matt Kemp for the Dodgers. The Red Sox closed out the game with closer Craig Kimbrel, taking a two game lead in the series.

The series was then sent to Los Angeles. Game three was a pivotal part of the Series. The Red Sox had a chance to take a commanding three-game lead, while the Dodgers needed a win to keep their hopes alive. A long game ensued, lasting eighteen innings, a total of seven hours and twenty minutes. Both teams exhausted their bullpens and relief players, but the Dodgers came out with the victory after Max Muncy hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighteenth inning, giving the Dodgers the 3-2 win.

Game four went on the following day, with players still sore from the previous night. The Dodgers took a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning, but they’re momentum from the win the day before proved to be short-lived. The Red Sox scored eight runs in the following three innings, giving them an 8-4 win and a 3-1 lead in the World Series.

With all of the momentum shifted back to the Red Sox, and with a chance to win it all in Game five, the Red Sox started out hot with a two-run home run by Steve Pearce. The Dodgers tried to rebound, but only scored a single run on a lead-off home run by David Freese. The Red Sox later tacked on an additional three runs through  three separate homeruns by Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and, once again, Steve Pierce. Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale closed out the game by striking out All-Star Manny Machado to win the 2018 World Series.

“They might be the best team ever,” senior Reece Fenstermacher said.  “They won 110 plus games, and it seems like they pretty much dominated the playoffs.  No teams really scared them, and no teams could really compete with them.”

Steve Pearce won the 2018 World Series MVP Award after hitting three home runs in the World Series. The Red Sox celebrated with a huge parade in Boston.

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