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The Red Sox Are Up (2-0) In The 2018 World Series

October 25, 2018

For the fourth time in their last five World Series, the Boston Red Sox have taken a (2-0) series lead. (They swept the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies respectively in ’04 and ’07, were (1-1) with the Cards en route to a 6 game triumph in ’13 but lost in excruciating fashion to the Mets in ’86).

J.D. Martinez, a tremendous late off season addition, capped a 3 run Red Sox fifth with a 2 run single that produced the game’s decisive and final runs.

David Price pitched six innings, yielding 2 runs, in picking up his second straight post-season win as a starter, after failing to do so in his first eleven such starts. (Nine of the eleven, those numbers again!–resulted in Price taking the loss)

Boston, as is their wont, scored all their runs with 2 outs, an RBI hit by Ian Kinsler in the second and a bases loaded walk issued by Ryan Madson to Steve Pearce in the fifth, accounting for the other two runs.

Ten times, a team has overcome a (2-0) deficit in a best of seven World Series and six times (the Dodgers five times, winning in ’55, ’65 and ’81-losing up (2-0) in ’56 and ’78) it involved the Dodgers or Red Sox (in aforementioned ’86, the Red Sox won the first two games at New York vs the Mets only to lose the series in 7 games, the incredible sixth game played 32 years ago today).

Game 3 of this World Series is in Los Angeles on Friday night.

 

J.D. Martinez, pictured above.

 

 

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