Red Sox Take 2-1 Advantage Over Astros, Dodgers Win Marathon, NBA Season Tips Off

Jonathan Grant | October 17th, 2018

After getting a big win over the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox began Game 3 in Houston with a purpose. In the first inning, the Sox got help from Mookie Betts and J.D. Gonzalez, their two key hitters, to take a 2-0 lead. Houston did come back with a run, one of just two they would get off of Nate Eovaldi in the game through his six innings pitch. They would get the other in the fifth inning as Alex Bregman once again showed his importance to double home Jose Altuve and even up the game at 2-2. From there, though, it was all Boston. They took the lead for good in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Steve Pearce. They then loaded the bases in the eighth and had Mitch Moreland plunked by a pitch to walk in a run. Queue Jackie Bradley, Jr. For the second game in a row, he came up big. His one hit on the night was a grand slam, putting them up 8-2 and ensuring that they took a 2-1 lead in the series.

Over in Los Angeles, the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers played out a marathon pitching duel. The Dodgers looked like they might have put the game away very early. In the first inning, Ryan Dozier’s single allowed Chris Taylor to score. An inning later, they had the bases loaded looking to effectively put the game away, but it wasn’t meant to be. In the fifth inning, the Brewers tied it up via Domingo Santana’s double. After that, the scoring was over a for a long, long while. Finally, though, the Dodgers broke through after over five hours and 13 innings when Cody Bellinger walked it off with a single that brought home Manny Machado just in time. Christian Yelich’s throw was a laser, but it was just a little too late. And the Dodgers had evened the series at two games apiece.

The NBA Regular Season got underway on Tuesday night with two games. The early game pitted the Philadelphia 76ers against the Celtics in Boston in a rematch from last season’s playoffs. The consensus is that the Celtics have the edge in the rivalry… for now… and that’s what played out on the night. The bench chipped in as Jayson Tatum led them with 23 points as Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward return from long injury layoffs to a 105-87 win. The other game saw the Golden State Warriors defeat Oklahoma City 108-100. Without Russell Westbrook, the Thunder lacked the scoring punch needed to keep up with the Warriors. Stephen Curry had 32 points and Kevin Durant added 27 points to lift the home team to victory.

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