There is something demoralizing to the opposition when a team scores runs with two outs.
In a five-game World Series that Boston won last Sunday over the Dodgers, 5-1 at the Stadium, the Red Sox scored 18 of their 28 runs with two down.
Steve Pearce launched a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the eighth and was voted the World Series Most Valuable Player.
In Game 4, Pearce homered and added a three-run single during Boston’s 9-6 comeback victory on Saturday.
In the longest World Series game by innings and time, it was finally concluded after Max Muncy (two hits and two runs) clubbed a solo homer to left center in the 18th inning that lifted the Dodgers to a 3-2 decision on Friday in Game 3.
Joc Pederson’s solo blow in the third gave the Blue Crew a 1-0 lead, but it evaporated in the eighth when Jackie Bradley Jr. (two hits) smashed a solo bomb off Kenley Jansen, who blew two save opportunities after allowing solo homers that tied each game.
A three-run fifth inning catapulted the Red Sox, who have nine World Series titles and four since 2004, to a 4-2 win on Wednesday in Game 2 at Fenway Park as Mookie Betts collected three hits and J.D. Martinez had a two-run hit.
Eduardo Nunez’s pinch-hit three-run bullet in the seventh frame over the Green Monster in left sealed an 8-4 blitz in Game 1 on Tuesday by the Red Sox, who won a franchise-best 108 games during the regular season.
Andrew Benintendi had four hits and scored three runs for the Red Sox, who jumped on Clayton Kershaw for five runs over four innings.
Kershaw lost Game 1 and Game 5, went 11 innings while surrendering 14 hits and nine runs, walking three and striking out 10.
Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.