We can make excuses for the Dodgers all night long if we like. You can blame the Dodgers losing the first two games of the World Series on the frigid Boston weather. You can blame the Dodgers losing on the fact that most of the players have never played at Fenway Park before. You can blame Dave Roberts for making the wrong pitching changes. You can blame the front office for stupid matchups and dumb platoons, but at some point the players have to execute. It doesn’t matter as much what order the pitchers are used, or which players hit where in the lineup. At some point a club that has reached the World Series has to make the plays, get the hits, and make some pitches in order to win. The Dodgers haven’t done this.
That doesn’t mean that management always makes the right calls. Because we know that sometimes they don’t. That fifth inning was a doozy, and I’ll get to it in a minute. But going with the same lineup again for the second straight game just because a left hander (David Price) was starting made little sense. Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes, and Brian Dozier have done little to nothing with the bats this postseason and putting them in the lineup dooms you to a lot of automatic outs.
But let’s get back to the game here. The Dodgers lost 4-2 to fall two games to nothing to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Boston down 2-1 scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth all with two outs. J.D. Martinez’s two-run single was the difference after reliever Ryan Madson walked in the tying run. The series shifts back to Dodger Stadium this weekend for games 3-5, but let’s be honest, not many of us actually believe the series will even go back to Boston.
World Series game 2 – Boston Leads series 2-0
Dodgers 2 3 0
Red Sox 4 8 0
Hyun-jin Ryu took the mound for the Dodgers and like most of the starts this postseason failed to pitch into the sixth inning. He wasn’t bad actually pitching a scoreless top of the first, but allowed a run to cross the plate in the bottom of the second. Xander Bogaerts doubled off the green monster with one out. After Rafael Devers struck out, Ian Kinsler’s RBI single to left scored Bogaerts to put Boston up 1-0. It could have been worse because Jackie Bradley Jr. singled into left, but Chris Taylor’s throw to third was on the money. Kinsler’s slide took him off the bag and Machado tagged him out.
The Dodgers had no hits and did nothing offensively until the top of the fourth when they scored twice to take a 2-1 lead. Consecutive singles from David Freese and Machado opened the frame. Chris Taylor walked and the bases were loaded with none out. Matt Kemp’s sacrifice fly to center plated Freese to tie the game for the Dodgers. The Dodgers could have gotten more, but Enrique Hernandez couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn right now. Price struck him out on a 3-2 pitch after Hernandez fouled off several pitches. But Yasiel Puig’s base hit into center scored Manny Machado to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Barnes of course struck out. What else is new?
Ryu was fine in the bottom of the fourth, retiring the Red Sox in order to give us some false hope. He struck out Devers and Bogaerts and everything looked fine. Until they weren’t. After the Dodgers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth (A recurring theme tonight) the Red Sox answered in the bottom half of the fifth. As usual things started out fine. Ryu got Kinsler to ground out, and Bradley popped out. Then singles from Christian Vasquez and Mookie Betts put runners on first and second.
Ryu was given the chance to get out of it. After not one, not two, but four mound visits in the inning, Ryu walked Andrew Benintendi to load the bases. That was all Dave Roberts needed to immediately hook him. This brought in Ryan Madson once again with the bases loaded. Things didn’t go well again. Madson walked Steve Pearce to force in a run and tie the game. Then Martinez blooped a flare into right to score two and the Red Sox took a 4-2 lead. That was all she wrote folks. Hard to understand why Madson was the one when Pedro Baez had been throwing bullets. Wouldn’t you want to use your hottest reliever in the highest leverage situation?
The Dodgers did not have a single base runner for the remainder of the game. We’ll go back to Dodger Stadium down 2-0 and the optimists will still tell you that the Dodgers are still in this series. But we can’t simply ignore reality people. Yes sir the World Series certainly sucks. Here’s hoping the Dodgers make the World Series not suck in Los Angeles.