Ben Reiter: Alex Cora Pushed Right Buttons For Red Sox

Boston won Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
October 29, 2018 - 7:25 am

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The Boston Red Sox won Game 1 of the World Series, 8-4, on Tuesday. They jumped on the Dodgers in the first inning and never looked back. 

From the lineup to pinch-hitting to the bullpen, Alex Cora made all the right moves for Boston.

“That’s the type of manager that the Red Sox were looking for this offseason,” Sports Illustrated MLB writer Ben Reiter said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence, “one who could get that trust from his players, who the players trusted to have the authority to make the calls and to make the right calls. Certainly that happened again tonight.”

Neither Chris Sale nor Clayton Kershaw had their A-game, but Boston scored two runs in the first inning and never trailed. Eduardo Nunez broke the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh.

“This was billed as one of these classic Game 1 matchups – Sale versus Kershaw. It didn’t turn out that way,” Reiter said. ‘Both of them lasted only four innings. I thought Sale looked all right. He was facing a tough lineup, and they made him work really hard. Matt Kemp had a great eight-pitch at-bat with him that ended with a home run over the monster. One thing you can say is I think Sale kind of out pitched Kershaw. Another playoff stinker for Kershaw. He lasted only four innings, five earned runs. That ended up (being) all the Red Sox needed in this 8-4 win.”

Game 2 is Wednesday at 8:09 p.m. ET.