MLB Playoffs: Red Sox take 2-1 Lead, Dodgers Tie the Series at 2-2

Manny Machado celebrates with Yasmani Grandal after scoring the winning run.

Manny Machado celebrates with Yasmani Grandal after scoring the winning run.

Thomas Shoemaker, Staff Writer

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  On October 15, the ALCS and NLCS were on full display as the Astros took on the Sox and the Dodgers took on the Brewers. In the past couple of games in the ALCS, The Sox and Astros each have taken a game; the Astros took the first game 7-2, and the Sox came back in the second game, winning 7-5. In the first three games in the NLCS, the Brewers were on top two to one, with a game one win of 6-5, and they then took a loss to the Dodgers with a score of 4-3. But they were determined in Game 3, as they took it 4-0.

 

  On October 15, the ‘Stros and Sox had an afternoon game in which they would battle for the series lead, each having won a game. Both went into the game excited and pumped up, and it showed on the field. The Red Sox had the lead for the longest time, leading it 3-2. And with men on first and second, Andrew Benintendi was hit on his left foot to load the bases. This would come back to bite the Astros, as they hit Mitch Moreland in the back, which forced in a run to extend their lead to 4-2. Jackie Bradley Jr. then came up to the plate, and didn’t disappoint. He hit a high fastball on a one ball one strike count into the seats in right field. This cleared the bases, and gave the Sox an 8-2 lead, which would be the score at the end of the game. The Sox took a 2-1 lead in the series, but this series is still anyone’s to win.

 

  And in the night cap, the Dodgers and Brewers faced off in Game 4. This game was tied at 1-1 for a long period of time. It was a true pitchers duel. This game did get chippy, which is something fans love to see. The Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado hit a ground ball to the shortstop Orlando Arcia, who through it over to first. While running to first, Machado drug his left foot and hit first baseman, Jesus Aguliar. This caused the benches to clear. No punches were thrown, but words were said. This game would be taken to extra innings. The Dodgers would later win it in the bottom of the 13th, Machado scoring the winning run.

 

  After the game, MVP candidate Christain Yelich was asked about the play at first. “It was a dirty play from a dirty player.”

 

  From the opposite end, Machado had his own words. “I’m going to go out there and help my team win.”

 

  Both of these series could come down to the wire. And with the Brewers and Dodgers, their could be a new rivalry brewing as well.

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