The Price is Right for Red Sox, Take 2-0 Series Lead
The Boston Red Sox win Game Two 4-2, protecting home field and now take a commanding lead heading cross country to Los Angeles.
Much like in Game One, in Game Two we saw a matchup of lefties-David Price for the Boston Red Sox and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both guys performed well in this game but Price outlasted Ryu as the bats knocked him out in the fifth.
The story of this game was the two-out magic that continues to flourish for the Red Sox. In fact, they've scored 33 of their 65 runs with two outs this postseason and they would get four of them in this game.
The breakthrough inning was in the fifth, with the Dodgers leading 2-1 Ryu got two quick outs but Christian Vazquez laced a single to right to keep the inning going. Mookie Betts then singled to put two on, Andrew Benintendi worked an eight pitch walk to load the bases and that would be it for Ryu.
Ryan Madson would enter the fray to try to extinguish the Red Sox fire but he didn't have his command out of the pen and proceeded to walk Steve Pearce to tie the game. From there, J.D. Martinez got Madson for a two run single to increase the Boston lead to 4-2 and that would be your ballgame.
David Price pitched six strong innings but the bullpen really shined as Joe Kelly and Nathan Eovaldi bridged the gap to closer Craig Kimbrel with ease and he shut the door, one, two, three. For those three guys this series it's been 18 up and 18 down, incredible.
With the win, the Red Sox are leading the series 2-0. The teams will travel to L.A. on Thursday and will do battle in Game Three at 7:09 pm on Friday.
The matchup will be, Rick Porcello for the Red Sox and Walker Buehler for the Dodgers.