First games traditionally go well for the Red Sox in the World Series -- prior to last night they had won the opener in 9 of their previous 12 Series appearances -- and that tradition continued Tuesday night as the Sox pulled away for an 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. It extended their Game 1 winning streak to six; they haven't lost one since dropping a 2-1 decision to the Cardinals at Fenway in 1967.
Their record in Game 2 isn't quite as good: 7-4-1 (they played to a 6-6, 11-inning tie against the New York Giants in 1912). They'll try to buck that trend tonight when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the 2018 World Series. First pitch is scheduled for 8:09 p.m.
HOW TO WATCH (AND LISTEN)
LIVE STREAM: Click here for the Fox broadcast of the game
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ON RADIO: WEEI (93.7 FM), ESPN Radio, WCCM 1490 AM (Spanish)
ANALYSIS AND REACTION
BEFORE THE GAME: At 6:30 p.m., Arbella Early Edition gets ready for Game 2 with reports from Evan Drellich, Trenni Kusnierek, Tom Giles, Lou Merloni and Christopher Gasper at Fenway Park. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the livestream.
AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, tune to The Baseball Show - World Series Edition presented by Twin River Hotel & Casino for analysis, commentary and player reaction with Drellich, Kusnierek, Giles, Merloni and Tony Massarotti. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the livestream.
TONIGHT'S PITCHING MATCHUP
David Price (1-1, 5.11 so far in the postseason) will face Dodger left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1, 4.40). Chris Sale, for one, can't wait to see Price pitch tonight after his dominating performance against the Astros in the ALCS clincher last week in Houston.
TOUGH ACTS TO FOLLOW
The Red Sox got record-setting performances in Game 1 from Andrew Benintendi (first Sox player to have four or more hits in Game 1 of a World Series) and Rafael Devers (first player in MLB history to have an RBI in each of his first eight postseason starts). Oh, and Eduardo Nunez did his part, as well.
PART OF THE PLAN
Nunez's home run was just another example of how the Sox have used the homer as a dagger, rather than a consistent weapon, so far this postseason. Evan Drellich notes they're "actually winning in spite of a lack of power . . . [Because] their hits have been so timely -- five of their 10 home runs overall, by the way, have come with runners in scoring position -- they’re surviving."
NOT WHAT THE SPONSOR HAD IN MIND
Taco Bell started its World Series 'Steal A Base Steal A Taco' promotion in 2007, awarding free tacos when the first base is stolen in the World Series. (Trivia note: Jacoby Ellsbury, then of the Red Sox, was the first player to deliver free tacos to America with a steal.) The promotion ended quickly Tuesday when Mookie Betts stole second in the bottom of the first inning . . . but not everyone was happy about it.
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