Boston Red Sox

Oct 23, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pinch hitter Eduardo Nunez (middle) celebrates with outfielder Mookie Betts (50) and outfielder Andrew Benintendi (16) after hitting a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning in game one of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff,

The Boston Red Sox have drawn first blood in the World Series. They took care of business in a Game 1 that went back and forth for about six and a half innings – until Eduardo Nunez broke it open with a big three-run homer that rocketed into the Green Monster seats.

However, the most valuable piece on the Red Sox in Game 1 may have been the man in the dugout. More on that below in our Game 1 quick-hit thoughts…

Alex Cora strikes again. This man simply cannot make the wrong move. Refuse to believe that more than a handful of Boston fans wanted to see Eduardo Nunez at the plate in the bottom of the seventh over Rafael Devers, who went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk. But Nunez rewarded Cora loudly and proudly with his three-run homer that broke the game open for good. Cora’s bullpen moves were impeccable as well, particularly the decision to bring in Eduardo Rodriguez in the seventh inning and induce a flyout by Cody Bellinger. The manager may very well have been the MVP tonight.

Young stars come up big. Nunez had the loudest hit of the night, but it was Devers who came up with the eventual game-winning run with his fifth-inning RBI single off reliever Ryan Madson. And not to be outdone was Andrew Benintendi, who went 4-for-5 with an RBI in his World Series debut.

Both starters peter out. Chris Sale certainly looked better than last time out against the Astros, but he labored in this one, needing 91 pitches to get through 4-plus innings. Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, continued to add to his reputation for playoff disappointment with five runs allowed in four innings of his own. It came down to a battle of the bullpens, which the Red Sox won decisively. The Dodgers are already way behind the 8-ball after failing to get the win with Kershaw on the mound.

Next quick-hit thoughts come Wednesday night after Game 2.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at