Boston Red Sox Review: Monthly summary for the 2018 season
By Jacob Anes
After two early exits and fairly embarrassing series in 2016 and 2017 postseasons, where the Red Sox went 1-6, the team wanted to prove this year was different. The Red Sox opened the postseason with a 5-4 win over the Yankees. After a disappointing game 2, the Red Sox dominated game 3, winning 16-1 and then won game 4 4-3. Brock Holt hit for the first postseason cycle in playoff history in game 3.
After a rude awakening to open the series, a 7-2 loss to the defending champion Astros, the Red Sox bounced back like they had all season. They won game 2 at home 7-5, the beat the Astros 8-2 in the first game in Houston to take a 2-1 lead. Jackie Bradley Jr. sealed game 3 with a late grand slam to put the Red Sox up for good. After a game 4 win and a dominant game 5 start from David Price, the Red Sox were headed to the World Series. Jackie Bradley Jr. was awarded ALCS MVP due to his 3 huge hits in the series.
In a 4-1 series win, there were numerous memorable moments. In game 1 the Red Sox jumped on Clayton Kershaw in an 8-4 win. The following night, David Price threw another gem in a 4-2 win. Despite losing game 3, it was one for the ages. An 18 inning loss where everyone watched Nathan Eovaldi dominate for 6 innings before allowing a walk-off home run to Max Muncy on a well-executed pitch, that Muncy did a terrific job to hit out. After a slow start in game 4, Mitch Moreland sparked a late comeback with a 3 run home run, then Steve Pearce tied it with a solo shot. Then in game 5, David Price threw another gem to close it out while Steve Pearce launched two home runs in a 5-2 World Series clincher, capped off by Chris Sale’s strikeout of Manny Machado to end it. Steve Pearce was given the World Series MVP.
And there it is, the 2018 World Champion Boston Red Sox season. It is one that will be remembered forever.