The 38-year-old was sharp through the NLDS and NLCS-certainly better than he'd been during the regular season, with a rough home run habit and a 5.47 ERA. And the numbers show that a home run is, by far, the most productive thing a hitter can do. Along with 2000, they make up the four most homer-happy seasons in baseball history.
Maybe when the Dodgers are done using wet newspapers as World Series bats they can start the crossword puzzle inside.
With Kinsler on first base after his two-out single to left scored Xander Bogaerts from second with the game's first run, Bradley singled to left. Of course, Nunez did it with two outs.
A Red Sox executive told Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe that "We did not reach out to him, but it is not out of spite".
In Game 2, the Dodgers were an improved 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was credited with the win, working just one inning and giving up one hit.
That was Madson's first run, and a deep single from J.D. Martinez brought in the next two.
The breakdown in the relationship between Schilling and the Red Sox started in 2007.
Despite playing on the sore right ankle he rolled in Game 1, Boston's free-agent pickup went the other way for a two-run single in the fifth, a two-out knock that snapped a 2-2 tie. Between the NLDS and NLCS, the Dodger offense put together a.190/.330/.333 triple-slash line in 104 plate appearances with runners in scoring position. If we add a "two outs" qualifier to that, the Dodgers had a.705 OPS while the Red Sox had a 1.375 OPS.
The rain has stopped, and a few players from both the Red Sox and Dodgers trickled into the outfield to limber up. First, though, a little perspective: Pinning the Dodgers' 4-2 loss in Game 2 on Roberts' decision to summon Ryan Madson would be nearly laughable, considering the team went 3-for-5 in the one inning it scored Wednesday night and 0-for-24 in all the others.
With the teams sending out their aces, Game One had offered the promise of a marquee pitching duel between Red Sox seven-time all-star Chris Sale and Dodgers three-time Cy Young victor Clayton Kershaw.