LOS ANGELES — This wasn’t how the Boston Red Sox or Los Angeles Dodgers wanted to start World Series Game 5 with Clayton Kershaw and David Price on the mound. But when the ball is flying out of the yard, the ball is flying out of the yard, and both teams notched first-inning homers.
In the top of the first inning, Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce teed off on a Kershaw offering for a two-run homer that put the Dodgers in a hole. Giving Kershaw’s history in elimination games, Dodger Stadium immediately fell silent.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 29, 2018
The homer also set a dubious record for Kershaw:
Clayton Kershaw has allowed 6 HR in games with his team facing elimination, the most all-time
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 29, 2018
With Boston leading the series 3-1, there’s no room for error for the Dodgers. Giving up a first-inning dinger certainly qualifies as an error. The beginning of Game 5 was reminiscent of Game 7 of the World Series last year, in which the Dodgers fell behind 2-0 to the Houston Astros in the first inning and never came back.
The Dodgers immediately showed more life here, though, as David Freese led off the Dodgers half of the inning with a solo homer that cut the lead to 2-1. Not only that, but it came on Price’s first pitch.
David Freese answers back with a homer of his own 😲
— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) October 29, 2018
This was only the third time in World Series history a player has hit a leadoff homer while his team was already trailing.
Leadoff homer when already trailing, World Series history:
LAD David Freese, 2018 G5 vs BOS (0-2)
MIL Bill Bruton, 1958 G2 vs NYY (0-1)
CLE Dale Mitchell, 1948 G5 vs BSN (0-3)
— Doug Kern (@dakern74) October 29, 2018
Oh, and if the ball is flying Sunday night, with Price and Kershaw each throwing a lot of strikes, Game 5 might turn into a slugfest.
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