Tonight’s outcome was perfectly depicted by the first at bat of the game:
Chris Sale pitches through a belly button ring infection to help give the Red Sox an 8-4 win. What a warrior!! Let’s begin.
You can’t set the tone like this David, you just can’t. Not in the World Series with Kershaw on the mound. Regardless, Mookie went on to single up the middle and steal second. Benintendi followed that up by driving a single to Puig that scored Mookie from second easily. And of course, Puig once again tries to play hero and sails the ball over the cut off man that allows Benintendi to slide into second safely. What’s new? Martinez would single, scoring Benintendi and give the Red Sox an early 2-0 lead. The game felt over by this point. You can’t give away outs in October verse the Red Sox with Chris Sale on the mound. When it’s June, and the matchup is Ross Stripling v Clayton Richard, then you can fuck around and drop some easy pop ups. But not now David !!
Listen, to all the people who are Kershaw haters, he had two major injuries that required DL stints in May and June. Back problems and biceps aren’t minor injuries. There’s no question he’s not 100% healthy. That’s all to say.
Matt Kemp: Good swing
Not to throw David Freese under the bus again, but pal, you gotta stretch a little bit on the throw. The play went to review and was obviously overturned. Also, shame on first base umpire Kerwin Danley for this awful fist pump on the out call. This was a “I’m pretty sure he’s safe, but I’ll throw up a fist slowly and pray I got it right” type of call. Instead of an inning ending double play, Martinez doubled off the center field wall to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.
Eduardo Nunez ended it for good:
Me right now:
Hey ESPN: fuck you.
Hyun-Jin Ryu verse David Price. Just gotta hope David Price remembers he doesn’t physically know how to pitch in the playoffs. Ugh.